No. 2 underperforming player who needs to improve to stick around with the LA Angels: Juan Lagares
Juan Lagares has not been bad for the LA Angels. At least to what the expectations for him were, he really hasn’t been bad.
His stats aren’t great. He’s batting .242/.267/.367 and has hit three home runs and driven in 30 RBI. Those aren’t terrible considering there were little expectations put on him this season, and he has done better than many would have expected while filling in for this shorthanded outfield.
Remember, he’s a very good defensive player. Factor that into your evaluation of his performance.
He’s only making $1.25 million this season, and won’t be signed for a lot next season regardless of who he signs with. The issue is, the Angels may end up having too many outfielders to keep Lagares around.
Mike Trout will be healthy by next year, and the Angels have already brought up Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh. Taylor Ward will be back for next year, and even Jared Walsh has played well in the outfield.
I’m just not sure if there will definitely be space for Lagares next year if he doesn’t really pick up his play quickly.