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Mets sign Juan Lagares, Brian Dozier

The Mets made a pair of corresponding moves Wednesday afternoon, signing outfielder Juan Lagares and infielder Brian Dozier to minor league contracts. As a result, the Mets released Melky Cabrera and infielder Gordon Beckham.

Currently, the Mets’ player pool roster is at 57.

Lagares, 31, signed Feb. 10 with the San Diego Padres. Not listed in the initial player pool for the Padres June 29, Lagares elected free agency last Tuesday.

Lagares to the Mets is a homecoming of sorts. He spent his first seven MLB seasons with the Mets from 2013-19, slashing .254/.297/.365, hitting 25 home runs and bringing in 179 RBI over 716 games.

As a 30-year-old veteran with the Mets for the 2019 season, Lagares slashed .213/.279/.326, belting five homers and knocking in 27 RBI over 133 games.

Dozier, 33, is a second baseman and shortstop most recently with the Padres as well. The Padres cut Dozier last Monday.