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Mets Exit Interview: A final farewell to Juan Lagares in 2019

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Juan Lagares #12 of the New York Mets reacts as he runs the bases after his fifth inning two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on September 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Juan Lagares #12 of the New York Mets reacts as he runs the bases after his fifth inning two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on September 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 27: Juan Lagares #12 of the New York Mets celebrates their 4-2 win over the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on September 27, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

Juan Lagares has likely played his final game for the New York Mets. We look back at his 2019 season and what lies ahead for him in 2020 wherever that may be.

Since 2013, Juan Lagares has been a member of the New York Mets. This will probably change over the winter when he departs for free agency.

Unlike some departures, Lagares’ comes on a bit of a downer. Despite playing in 133 games for the 2019 Mets (the second-highest total of his career) he didn’t have the same impact he did early on in his MLB career. Lagares was a part-time player who at times looked like a DFA candidate.

As we exit the 2019 campaign, we look back at Lagares’ season and what’s in store for him in 2020.

What Went Right

Lagares’ overall numbers were poor in 2019, but we’ll get to that soon enough. Let’s, instead, focus on some of the things he did well.

Lagares sat on the sidelines for a large portion of the season. He did, like many of his Mets teammates, contribute with some big memorable hits. It seems like everyone had their moment in the sun at some point this year. Lagares had several.

One sneaky good number Lagares had this year are the 22 walks he drew at the plate. Despite only making 285 trips to the plate, this was a career-high for him. Of course, it also came with 75 strikeouts which was far too high of a rate to go down without making contact.

To his credit, Lagares raised his batting average up from .180 to .213 in the final month and a half. His four-hit game against the Atlanta Braves on August 13 came right as the Mets looked like they were cooling off following their hot streak. However, a few more multi-hit games in August from Lagares helped keep the offense alive.

Lagares may have done just enough to earn himself a major league minimum contract next year. Some have even debated that he’s worth bringing back as the fifth outfielder. While a nice idea for nostalgic reasons, the list of things that went right for the 2014 Gold Glove winner was far too short for a roster spot.

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