The Mets are reportedly still interested in possibly moving their defensive-minded outfielder Juan Lagares, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. According to Puma, at least one American League team has interest in Lagares.
Lagares, who is about to turn 29, is a former Gold Glove Award winner and a solid center fielder. However, his struggles at the plate have not improved this spring, as he entered the day just 4-for-20 in exhibition games. Lagares posted the worst OPS+ (75) of his career in 2017, while slugging a minuscule .365 with three home runs.
Mets’ promising youngster Michael Conforto is expected to return to action soon after suffering a devastating shoulder injury last season. Jay Bruce was reacquired over the offseason, and Brandon Nimmo has been enjoying a solid spring training, making Lagares more expendable. Of course, Yoenis Cespedes will occupy a corner outfield spot as well, assuming he can stay healthy.
Lagares will make $6.5 million this season, and is owed $9 million next season, which will be the final year of his contract.
One rumored team to have interest in Lagares was the Athletics, but a Joel Sherman report ended those rumors, as the team reportedly doesn’t have interest in making a trade at this time.