Rumors surrounding a possible Juan Lagares trade have been around for a few weeks now.
According to the New York Post’s Mike Puma, however, this time it could be a little bit different. Puma notes some sources that tell him the Mets have gotten some interest about Lagares, and they haven’t exactly shut the idea down.
Back in February, the Mets were rumored to be talking with the Giants about swapping Lagares and infielder Joe Panik. That trade obviously never transpired but it did raise an interesting point, do the Mets need Lagares on this team?
The former Gold Glove winner was hoped to be an everyday starter, but with his lack of offense, Lagares has been relegated to a more expensive fourth outfielder. (He’s owed $6.5 million in 2018, and $9 million in 2019.)
We all hoped he’d be able to turn a corner this spring. Lagares has reportedly been working more than ever on his swing and on trying to change the launch angle of the ball off his bat. That has yet to translate into meaningful results as he only has four hits in 20 at bats entering Tuesday’s games.
Puma adds that at least one American League team has reached out to the Mets about the outfielder though so there is some interest in seeing what he can do. No other names have been included in any discussion so it’s tough to see or guess what the team is thinking in terms of a worthy return.
The Amazin’s have to also be careful about deciding to move him, however. While Michael Conforto is progressing nicely, and Brandon Nimmo has been better than most of us expected this spring, the outfield depth chart is pretty bland. Trading Lagares would leave a big gap in the outfield if the Mets have any serious injuries in that department.