Juan Lagares has joined Las Aguilas Cibaenas of the Dominican Winter League.
Lagares is off to a slow start, going 1-for-8 with two strikeouts, no walks and a run scored.
In 121 games for the Mets this season, Lagares hit .242 with a .281 OBP, four home runs and 34 RBI with just 20 walks in 421 plate appearances.
Michael Baron, Contributor
There’s no questioning his glove. The issue with Lagares is clearly his offense. He swung at over 35 percent of pitches outside the strike zone, and that simply won’t get it done at the major league level. It was his rookie season, and so a free-swinging approach is somewhat expected. I don’t expect Lagares to become a prolific offensive player, but if he can learn to lay off more pitches outside the strike zone, get on base and utilize his speed more, the Mets would probably take that from an everyday centerfielder… provided he’s flanked by productive corner outfielders.