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New York Mets player predictions for the 2019 MLB season

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 15: Juan Lagares #12 of the New York Mets is unable to catch a single off the bat of Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning at Citi Field on June 15, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Juan Lagares

In what should be his final year with the Mets, outfielder Juan Lagares will look to increase his marketability before free agency next winter. Known as a superior defender, it’s his bat most of us question.

Early struggles with the bat and an injury take him out of the lineup just as he starts to really heat up at the plate. – Jason Dye

Lagares will hit .275, play good defense, and produce few home runs. He’ll try to steal more bases this season. – Nick Scheurer

Juan Lagares should play often and flash his defensive skills when he does. At the plate, he’ll do exactly what we expect: be average. There won’t be any question it’s time to move on from him after this season. – Tim Boyle

Lagares is going to get a chance to play every day to start the year but will transition to more of a reserve/platoon role. If the Mets are in contention down the stretch, they’ll need another outfielder. Lagares is most valuable as a bench piece. – Mark Sales

If Lagares can stay healthy in 2019, he will be a crucial part of both the Mets’ lineup and outfield, especially because the Mets do not have great outfield depth. I, however, do not expect him to keep off the DL, but fans can only hope that he will at least give positive contributions when he is healthy. – Leen Amin

I think Lagares will get off to a slow start like he notoriously does then come on strong sometime in late May at the plate. Defensively he is above average in center field but does not have the range he once did or the range Broxton currently has. He will get 400 at-bats in a platoon with Keon Broxton. However, I see some sort of injury making him miss about a month or so sometime in July. – Steve Malik

Lagares enters the 2019 season with the same scouting report as always. He’s a Gold Glove-caliber defensive center fielder with an injury history and a below-average bat. He must improve as a hitter in order to make an impact.  – Allen Settle

The goal is to keep Lagares healthy until Cespedes returns and the team has the outfield depth it wants and needs. He’ll have a similar year as Broxton. – Kevin Strauss

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