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Mets Insanity At Play With Lagares

Throughout the offseason, we have heard the Mets have been looking to trade Juan Lagares and his bad contract in the hopes of freeing up money to make another move this offseason.  However, after the Mets signed Jay Bruce to a backloaded three year $39 million deal, there was this report:

Just think about that for a second.  Heading into the 2015 season, the Mets gave the starting shortstop job to Wilmer Flores despite everyone knowing he was not defensively capable of handling shortstop for a full season.

With the struggles of Lagares during the 2015 season, the Mets have primarily went with Yoenis Cespedes and Curtis Granderson in center, or at least that was the plan in 2015 – 2017.

There are a multitude of other poor defensive choices the Mets have made.  This includes the Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes tandem at shortstop last year over Amed Rosario or even Matt Reynolds.

Now, with the Mets adding Bruce, the likely outfield alignment would place Michael Conforto in center field.

Last season, Conforto posted a -4 DRS in 328.2 innings. That’s dreadful, and it’s not likely to improve with Conforto spending an offseason rehabilitating a major shoulder injury. 

If the outfield is Cespedes-Conforto-Bruce, how can the Mets possibly put up the front they need good defensive players as a justification why they’re keeping Lagares?

If that was the case, the Mets give Lagares another shot to prove he can play everyday, don’t hand an infield position to Cabrera, and they’d focus on adding good defenders like Todd Frazier this offseason. 

The Mets aren’t. Instead, they’re going with the better hitters at all positions while ignoring the defensive ramifications. It’s what Sandy’s always done, and judging from the Bruce signing, it’s what he will always do.

So no, they’re not keeping Lagares to keep good defensive players. They’re keeping him because they can’t move him. 

18 thoughts on “Mets Insanity At Play With Lagares”

  1. Saul's Colorist says:

    So these guys do not make the roster:

    Nimmo
    Cechini
    Reyes
    Evans

    What a shame:

    Low situational hitting squad
    Virtually no speed
    No solid durable extremely capable position player defensively let alone any combo w hitting well for their specific position

    Cespedes needs to play less than 125 games and if Lagares was durable, played second or short (more chances for other injuries!!) then Lagares would be given a shot and maybe could make contact in later innings as a PH or sub as he did in the 2015 Fall Classic.

    Wilmer got be dealt in a deal for Kipnis!
    He just is a liability at third base, and there will be too few platoon abats at First…

    Are there many infielders who play outfield such as Kipnis?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Nimmo definitely makes the roster.

      There’s zero chance Cecchini does.

      Reyes probably does, but why would anyone want him. He was terrible last year.

      Evans has a shot depending on what the Mets do from here. His ability to play LF helps him. It also helps Reynolds if he survives cuts.

  2. Five Tool Ownership says:

    How many outfielders, pitchers, catchers and infielders?

    Five outfielders
    Six infielders
    Two catchers
    12 pitchers?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      2 catchers, 6 infield, 4 outfield, one utility, 12 pitchers

  3. Five Tool Ownership says:

    OPENING DAY ROSTER

    Outfield (5)

    Lagares
    *Nimmo
    *Bruce
    Conforto
    *Cespedes

    Infield (8)

    *Flores (fan favorite)
    *Cabrera (guaranteed money)
    *Rosario (already a god to many Met fans)
    *Smith (He will get better, has MLB HR power)
    *Gonzalez (He will make intangible contributions at the min)
    Cecchini (Will he accept year three in LV AAA?)
    TJ Rivera (Back before August)
    Reyes (count on it)

    TRADES AND FA SIGNINGS ARE DEPENDENT ON WHETHER OTHER MET PLAYERS, NOT WANTED, ARE LIQUIDATED

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Conforto is on the DL to start the year.

      Smith and Cecchini begin the year in the minors.

      If the Mets return Reyes, they’ve said they don’t care about winning at all.

      1. Gothamist says:

        Dom Smith will surprise you, plus he is a Sandy #1 Pick.
        THE BIGGEST WORRY OF THE SCOUTS WAS NOT OBP BUT HRs
        Back before June

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Sandy has soured on him just like he has with his other first round picks not named Conforto

  4. Five Tool Ownership says:

    Utility Fight in The Spring

    the winner is?

    Matt Reynolds
    Phil Evans
    Jose Reyes

    1. metsdaddy says:

      In that fight, the National League East is the biggest winner.

      1. Gothamist says:

        The Santana addition was a complete game changer
        Fred Wilpon complained louder ABOUT SANTANA than about the Stsnton deal.

  5. Five Tool Ownership says:

    PITCHERS (12)

    Noah
    Jake
    Harvey
    Wheels
    Matz
    Lugo
    Gsellman
    Familia
    Ramos
    FA from Brewers
    Smoker
    Sewald

    1. metsdaddy says:

      You forgot Blevins

  6. Five Tool Ownership says:

    Watching Clippard in 2015 = Watching Blevins in 2017
    Robles will be gone

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Robles will thrive with Callaway and Eiland

      1. Five Tool Ownership says:

        What is the staff?

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Rotation: JdG, Thor, Harvey, Matz, Wheeler
          Pen: Familia, Swarzak, Ramos, Blevins, Robles, plus two more

  7. Five Tool Ownership says:

    What is an ideal swap for Kipnis?

    from:

    Wilmer
    Lagares
    Ramos
    Lugo
    Gsellman

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