ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden reports that the Mets have signed OF Juan Lagares to a four-year contract extension. Andy Martino of the Daily News says it’s not a done deal yet, but is in its final stages. Bowden says the deal is going to exceed $20 million and will include a club option. UPDATE: Jeff Passan reports that the deal is for $23M over 4 years with a $9.5M club option on top of that and a $500,000 buyout.
Lagares, 26, hit .281/.321/.382 in 452 plate appearances in 2014, which amounts to an OPS+ of 102. He has raked this spring, but even if that doesn’t continue, he’s extraordinarily valuable due to his stellar defense, so league average offensive production is fine.
A nice signing by the Mets to ensure that a key player is in place for several years.