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Report: Mets are fielding offers for Juan Lagares


Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are listening to offers for outfielder Juan Lagares. No suitors have been named yet, and Puma adds that a deal may not come to fruition as Lagares is coming off of another injury-ravaged season and is still due $15.5 million through 2019.

Lagares, 28, completed his fifth run with the Mets in 2017. He earned 1.5 fWAR with the club in 94 games, slashing .250/.296/.365 with three home runs and seven stolen bases in 272 plate appearances. While he had a semi-productive season at the plate and on the field, Lagares missed over nine weeks on the disabled list with a lingering left oblique strain and left thumb surgery to repair a fractured joint in his finger.

In fact, Lagares hasn’t seen an injury-free season since his rookie campaign with the Mets in 2013. That could make any potential deal a tough sell, especially as the club would be expected to absorb some of the $15.5 million still left on his contract. Puma points out another three factors complicating future negotiations: the Mets’ lack of depth in center field, the plethora of cheaper, better center fielders crowding the market and the $10 million the club reportedly has left to spend this winter.

Their wish list currently includes a viable second baseman and another bat, and it looks like they’ll have to get creative to make both work. Further reports from FanRang Sports’ Jon Heyman indicate that the team is in no rush to execute a deal for the speedy center fielder and will likely hold out for offers that include some combination of second base, outfield and bullpen options.

Clayton Kershaw struggles with control, walks six Marlins

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.

Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.

The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.