The Angels and outfielder
The team hasn’t confirmed the deal, which per Feinsand would pay Lagares $1.25 million if he makes the Major League roster.
Lagares is a defensive specialist in center field who’s played eight big league seasons with the Mets and won a Gold Glove Award in 2014. He could compete for a backup outfielder job in Anaheim, with Mike Trout, Justin Upton and the newly acquired Dexter Fowler set to start for the Angels.
That would be a similar role to the one Lagares often held with the Mets. The Angels’ other fourth outfielder candidates include Jo Adell, Taylor Ward, Scott Schebler and Brandon Marsh.
The 31-year-old Lagares only appeared in two games for the Mets in 2020, spending most of the season at the team’s alternate training site. But he’s coming off an excellent showing with Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League, including being named the league’s finals MVP after hitting .379 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in the seven-game series. He also led also the club to a championship in the Caribbean Series, for which he was also named MVP.
Lagares is a .254 career hitter with 25 home runs and a .659 OPS in 718 career MLB games.