The Mets have officially declined center fielder Juan Lagares' $9.5 million club option for the 2020 season, making him a free agent.
Lagares has been with the Mets since 2013 after signing with the team as an amateur free agent out of Constanza, Domincan Republic. He signed a four-year extension worth $23 million on April 2, 2015 after winning a Gold Glove in 2014.
Injuries then derailed Lagares' career, as he played just 79 games in 2016 and only 30 games in 2018. Over his seven year career with the Mets, he started 477 of 668 games with a career batting average of .254.