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Mets: Juan Lagares bulking up in the offseason

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Juan Lagares
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Juan Lagares

 We knew Juan Lagares was going to do everything he could this year to prove to the Mets he’s worth keeping.

He’s been working with a new hitting coach in the offseason. The same hitting coach that turned the career of Chris Taylor around. But it seems that just improving his swing isn’t the only thing on Lagares’s winter agenda:

Yup. That’s him. Do not adjust your tv set. Lagares looks like a tiny mack truck in this photo. Which is both awesome and worrisome. It’s awesome if he knows how to care for this new body that he’s built for himself throughout the season. It’s worrisome if he doesn’t and is constantly landing himself on the DL again. We all know how last season ended with Noah Syndergaard putting on a ton of muscle over the winter. And the same can be said for Yoenis Cespedes and his 900lb squats.

Baseball has certainly favored the long ball in the past few seasons. But all that bulk and strength won’t mean anything if your favorite top heavy player is injured.

Additionally, does this sudden increase in size affect his speed at all? I want Lagares to still be able to turn on those jets in center field and dive for a ball if he has to. God forbid the Mets should sacrifice some gold glove defense for more “home runs or nothing” guys at the plate.

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I’m going to air on the side of optimism though. I’ll trust that Lagares knows what he’s doing and that the Mets training staff won’t completely ruin him come the spring. The man looks great and hopefully, we get a brand new baseball player in March without having to trade for him. Because let’s face it, that’s all the Mets front office wants as well.