The Mets have had trouble getting Juan Lagares into the lineup on an everyday basis. Lagares showed them why they ought to find room on Saturday afternoon against the Nationals.
With the Mets up 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, starter Bartolo Colon threw a 3-2 two-seam fastball to Jayson Werth. Werth skied it to straightaway centerfield and it had home run distance. Lagares had other ideas, leaping up and snagging the ball before it could land for a solo home run.
Watch the great grab:
Lagares also hit a two-run homer. I hope manager Terry Collins was watching.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Orioles “are moving aggressively on Manny Machado trade talks and now believe they can trade him by the end of the week.” There are reportedly “strong offers” for Machado from both the White Sox, per Ken Rosenthal, and the Cardinals, per Nightengale. The Giants, Red Sox, Phillies, and Yankees are also reportedly involved in talks, though it does seem unlikely that the O’s would trade Machado to a division rival.
Machado, 25, is a guy around which a team could build a franchise. The Orioles, however, seem resigned to the notion that they will not be able to sign him to a long term contract once he hits free agency a year from now. If they do deal him, it would not be terribly shocking to see the O’s just go all-in with a full rebuild, putting relievers Brad Brach and Zach Britton and outfielder Adam Jones on the market, given that they too can become free agents following the 2018 season.
Machado had a down 2017, hitting .259/.310/.471, but still hit 33 homers and drove in 95 runs. In the two years prior he posted OPSs of .876 and .861. As such, the price for a team to acquire him will be high, even if he’s entering his walk year.