You can never have enough outfielders, I guess. Just a few days after acquiring Dexter Fowler from the Cardinals, the Angels added another outfielder to the mix. They have reportedly signed Juan Lagares to a minor-league contract with an invite to Spring Training.
El jardinero Juan Lagares y @AngelsBeisbol llegaron a un acuerdo de liga menor que incluye invitación a los campos de entrenamientos.— Rolando E. Fermín (@RollingJr) February 7, 2021
OF Juan Lagares and #Angels in agreement on a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to @MLB Spring Training.#MLB pic.twitter.com/4CcVv7jga2
Juan Lagares has agreed to a Minor League deal with the Angels, per source. He’ll earn $1.25 million if he joins the big-league roster. @RollingJr was first with the signing.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 7, 2021
Lagares, 31, spent eight seasons with the New York Mets. From 2013 through 2020, he appeared in 718 gams for them. However, he only appeared in two games in 2020.
He brings versatility, as he can play all three outfield spots, but he’s spent majority of his career playing center field. Lagares won a Gold Glove back in 2014, even though he played in only 114 games.
For his career, Lagares it hitting .254 with an OPS of .659. His most recent full season came in 2019 when he played in 133 games for the Mets. He hit only .213 with an OPS of .605. He finished the season with five home runs and 12 doubles.
His most recent play has come in winter league games in the Dominican Republic. In 23 games, he’s hit .283 with two home runs.