Lagares was granted his release Monday after refusing his outright assignment to the Mets' alternate training site, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
With two other defensive-minded center fielders ahead of him in the pecking order in Jake Marisnick and Billy Hamilton, Lagares was deemed expendable by the Mets, who designated him for assignment last week. Though he went unclaimed off waivers, Lagares decided to try his luck in another organization rather than returning to the Mets' alternate training site. He could resurface in the majors in September if other teams are in need of experienced outfield depth.
Lagares was designated for assignment by the Mets on Friday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
The Mets purchased the 31-year-old's contract Tuesday, and he didn't have a plate appearance in his two games with the team. Lagares could return to the alternate training site if he goes unclaimed on waivers.
Lagares' contract was purchased prior to Tuesday's game against the Marlins, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Lagares has not had much success as a hitter in recent seasons, but he could get the occassional start and could also serve as a defensive replacement late in games. Andres Gimenez was placed on the injured list for an undisclosed reason as a corresponding move.
Lagares signed a minor-league deal with the Mets on Wednesday, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
Lagares had spent his entire professional career, which began back in 2006, in the Mets' organization before joining the Padres on a minor-league deal in February. He elected free agency after failing to make the team's 60-man player pool and is now back in his original big-league home. He'll fill a depth role for the Mets once he's back in game shape, though he may be behind Jake Marisnick as the team's fourth outfielder.
Lagares elected free agency Tuesday.
Lagares was left off the Padres' 60-man roster for the 2020 season, and he'll become a free agent ahead of the start of the regular season. It remains to be seen whether Lagares will be able to land a contract elsewhere this season. The 31-year-old struggled in 2019 with a .213/.279/.326 line, five home runs and 27 RBI over 133 games with the Mets.
Lagares was not listed among the initial 52 players who will participate in the Padres' summer camp.
The Padres still have eight open spots, so Lagares could still be among the players included in the 60-man player pool. It's possible that he was invited and declined over health concerns, given that he was in camp on a minor-league deal.
Lagares was competing for a spot on Opening Day roster before spring training was suspended, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. He has the option to opt out of his contract if he does not make the 26-man roster, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
San Diego signed Lagares to a minor-league deal Feb. 10 that included an opt-out clause slated to kick in if he was not placed on the 26-man roster by March 19. That date has come and gone, but MLB's decision to suspend spring training and delay the start of the regular season per a March 12 announcement has negated the significance of the original deadline, which was set for one week prior to Opening Day. Lagares didn't make much of a case for a roster spot prior to the suspension of play as he slashed a paltry .185/.267/.185 across 30 Cactus League plate appearances.
Lagares agreed to a minor-league contract with the Padres on Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Lagares could make another $1 million in performance bonuses throughout the 2020 campaign if he makes the big-league club. The outfielder played in 133 contests for the Mets a season ago, turning in the worst slash line of his career. He put together a .213/.279/.326 line with five home runs, 27 RBI and four stolen bases in 2019.
Lagares had his $9.5 million team option for the 2020 season declined, making him a free agent, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
This isn't all that surprising of a move by the Mets, as Lagares struggled to a .213/.279/.326 slash line with five homers and 27 RBI over 133 games in 2019.
Lagares is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
Lagares started the last four contests -- all against left-handed starters -- and will return to the bench Sunday with righty Walker Buehler on the mound for the Dodgers. Brandon Nimmo starts in center field Sunday, and the pair figures to split time down the stretch.
Lagares went 2-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI in an 11-1 victory against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.
The 30-year-old has been heating up lately, as he is 6-for-15 (.400) with four extra-base hits, including three homers, in his last seven games. Still, Lagares is only worth adding in deep leagues. He is batting .215 with five homers, 26 RBI, 35 runs and four steals in 242 at-bats this season.
Lagares is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Nationals, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
He'll cede center-field duties to Brandon Nimmo (neck), who was reinstated from the 60-day injured list Sunday following an extended absence. Manager Mickey Callaway hasn't formally committed to using Nimmo as a regular in the outfield like the 26-year-old had been earlier in the season, but his arrival is a negative development nonetheless for Lagares, who had been filling a near-everyday role for the Mets since the beginning of August.
Lagares went 2-for-3 with a double, walk, RBI and a run Wednesday in the Mets' 4-3 win over the Indians in 10 innings.
Valued mostly for his Gold Glove-caliber defense, Lagares has been surprisingly effective at the dish while starting each of the past eight contests in center field. He's churned out four multi-hit efforts during that stretch but bagged only three extra-base knocks (two doubles, one triple). Lagares' lack of power will continue to put a cap on his overall fantasy upside, limiting his appeal mainly to deeper mixed leagues or NL-only formats while he's seeing regular work.
Lagares went 3-for-5 in Thursday's win over Atlanta.
While the performance didn't produce any runs -- hitting eighth in front of the pitcher can have that effect -- Lagares still has eight hits while starting each of the last three games. With Jeff McNeil (hamstring) out of action, Mets manager Mickey Callaway seems to be going with his best defensive alignment in the outfield, shifting Michael Conforto to right field and putting Lagares' slick glove in center. The 30-year-old doesn't have a tremendous fantasy ceiling -- his career high in homers is six, and he has a career .657 OPS -- but consistent playing time would give Lagares a little value in deep formats.
Lagares went 4-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Atlanta.
The four hits doubled his season high, and Lagares hadn't put together a multi-hit performance since July 25. The 30-year-old is slashing only .199/.270/.281 on the year, and his role as an occasional option against left-handed pitching doesn't afford him many opportunities for fantasy value.
Lagares could be in line for increased playing time following a potentially season-ending injury to Robinson Cano (hamstring), Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Jeff McNeil will be seeing more action at second base in Cano's absence, opening up more outfield at-bats for Lagares. The veteran center fielder won't play every day, however, and he may not make much of a fantasy impact when he is in the lineup -- he's slashing .186/.263/.267 on the year.
Lagares (illness) started in center field and went hitless across three at-bats Saturday in the Mets' 7-5 win over the Pirates.
Lagares was unavailable off the bench for a couple games earlier in the week while tending to an illness, but his entry into the starting nine confirms the ailment is a thing of the past. He'll continue to work in a reserve role for the Mets moving forward, with most of Lagares' opportunities coming as a late-inning defensive replacement.
Lagares was unavailable for Tuesday's 5-2 win over the White Sox in 11 innings due to an illness, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Lagares isn't an everyday player these days, but it became apparent that something was amiss when the Mets opted to go with Aaron Altherr as a late-inning defensive replacement in the outfield rather than turning to the 2014 Gold Glove winner. He'll be out of the lineup again Wednesday, but it's not known whether Lagares will be available off the bench.
Lagares will start in center field and bat eighth Thursday against the Padres, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports.
Lagares will check into the lineup for a resting Jeff McNeil after spending the past five games on the bench. It's just the third start of July for Lagares, who is slashing just .177/.247/.259 on the season and is probably only on the Mets' 40-man roster this point thanks to his sterling reputation as a defender.
Lagares will start in center field and bat eighth Thursday against the Phillies, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
He'll enter the lineup for the first time in four games while Jeff McNeil shifts to second base as Robinson Cano gets the day off. The Mets have been rolling with a defensively challenged outfield of McNeil, Dominic Smith and MIchael Conforto against right-handed pitching lately, but any upgrade Lagares might provide with the glove probably isn't enough to justify giving him regular run. Now seven games under .500 entering Thursday, the Mets are probably better off giving everyday at-bats to core pieces like Smith and McNeil in spite of their defensive limitations.
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