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Report: Mets Acquire Outfielder from Astros

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The Mets have already found their replacement for 31-year-old free-agent outfielder Juan Lagares, as they’ve acquired 28-year-old defensive wizard Jake Marisnick.

The deal will reportedly send two prospects back to the Astros, who part with an organizational favorite throughout his five-plus seasons there.

In acquiring Marisnick, the Mets have accomplished two things they strived for when the offseason began: Get cheaper and improve center field defense. Marisnick does both things that Lagares couldn’t.

Lagares made over $9 million a year ago, slashing .213/.279/.326 (a .605 OPS), negative two defensive runs saved, and a -6.1 UZR/150. None of those numbers jump off the page, and they very well shouldn’t.

Marisnick, on the other hand, is slated to make $3 million in arbitration this season and is coming off a season in which he posted a .700 OPS, with five defensive runs saved, and a 5.4 UZR/150.

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Even with all of the strikeouts, the value Marisnick provides by simply being an above-average defender with a better bat than Lagares is staggering. It’s not the most eye-popping move, but it’s one that Mets fans shouldn’t be too upset about at dollar value.

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