Since his five game hot streak in mid-August – and someone please tell Gary Cohen that it was five games and not two weeks – Juan Lagares has a .194 AVG and a .657 OPS over 28 games and 68 PA. He’s definitely shown some power, with 4 2B and 3 HR in this stretch, which has kept his OPS from being ultra embarrassing.
The payroll strain the Mets will be under next year likely keeps them from being serious suitors to re-up with Lagares. He’s a fine fourth/fifth outfielder and as long as you paid him as such, he’d be a fine guy to have on the team. But it’s likely someone else will pay him more and then the Mets just have to make sure to add a defensive reserve outfielder to their offseason shopping list, since there’s no one in the high minors to fill that role.
Lagares should have little trouble finding a job for 2020. And who knows, maybe there’s still some upside left in there. He’s the kind of guy if you could get him on a $1.5 million deal might turn around and give you $6 million worth of value. But he currently has contributed negative $6.4 million of FanGraphs Dollar Values here in 2019, a season in which the Mets are paying him $9 million.