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Granderson has health issues.
I don't follow the Mets that closely--are the days of "Lucas Duda, outfielder" officially over?
Lagares is going to get enough playing time for the Mets to figure out if he's going to be able to stick in CF.
Sold on him in that... you would give someone else the job?
I am not too sure. The Mets have no lead-off hitter (even with EY) but as managers love to do, they will fit a square peg into an rectangular hole and get a small fraction but not all they need. defense gets dismissed too often and the need for a 'real' lead off man might rule (ruin) the day.
the Mets have balked at penciling in Lagares, whose defensive contributions may be difficult to quantify.
As one rival team official noted, defensive metrics generally are plagued with "less year-to-year reliability," making them far less precise than their offensive counterparts.
That relative lack of precision can make direct comparisons more complicated.
"You can't just take his 2013 WAR and say that'll work," said the official, who has a background in analytics. "You have to regress defensive projections a bit and combine those with your offensive projections, plus whatever else you know about the players." ...
Last year, when measured by OPS, the Mets finished in the bottom third of the league in four of eight defensive positions. With those struggles in mind, general manager Sandy Alderson established that offensive production will carry more weight as the team sorts through options in the outfield... Chris Young, considered an above-average glove, brings the potential to hit for much more power than Lagares. Meanwhile, Eric Young Jr. appears to have the inside track to play somewhere in the outfield because manager Terry Collins sees him as perhaps the team's only true leadoff man...
"I'm not asking [Lagares] to hit .330," Collins said. "But if this guy hits .280, he can be dangerous because he's such a good defender. Those are All-Star numbers if you play like he can defensively."
Paul DePodesta, the Mets' vice president of player development and scouting, said that improvement isn't totally out of reach for Lagares, 24. He's far from a finished product.
"What that ceiling is, I'm not good enough to tell you at this point," DePodesta said. "But there are physical attributes there. He has a chance to get better."
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