Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are receiving trade interest in outfielder Juan Lagares and haven’t ruled out the idea of trading him.
Lagares, 28, is on the outside looking in for the fourth outfielder spot on the Mets’ roster as Brandon Nimmo has had a standout spring. In 32 at-bats, Nimmo is hitting .344/.421/.750 with seven extra-base hits including two home runs. Lagares, meanwhile, has four hits (one double) in 20 at-bats.
Lagares is under contract through next season, earning $6.5 million this year and $9 million in 2019. He also has a club option for the 2020 season worth $9.5 million with a $500,000 buyout. The outfielder hasn’t hit much in recent years, but plays outstanding — Gold Glove-caliber — defense.
According to Puma, “at least one” American League team has maintained interest in Lagares.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.