Want to hear a joke?
THE METS OUTFIELD. HAHAAAA.
But seriously, if nothing happens with Bourn, or even if something happens with Bourn (this article is being written on the morning of 2/9), the outfield has a lot of problems. It’s worth it to go though all of the possible outfield candidates, no matter how far away, because the depth chart is so incredibly shallow.
Juan Lagares is 23 years old (will turn 24 during Spring Training) and is on the Mets 40 – Man. He’s played with the Mets since 2006 at age 17. During his time in the Mets system he is a career .280 hitter with 2,322 AB’s, 28 homers, 115 doubles, 40 triples and 98 stolen bases. Last year he had 499 AB’s while scoring 69 times, with 141 hits containing 29 doubles, 6 triples and 4 homers. He walked 37 times and stole 21 bases. All of this led to a .283 BA, .334 OBP and a .723 OPS.
I highly doubt Lagares will break camp with the team as things stand right now. But if Kirk doesn’t work out, JV1 isn’t used, and den Dekker doesn’t impress, I don’t see the harm in giving Lagares a shot. He’s on the 40 man and his stats look very similar to a lot of other triple A players we tried to push into the majors last year. He’s young and if anyone gets injured could see his way to Queens by the end of the year, especially if impresses in camp.