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12 Juan Lagares CF
Height/Weight: 6-1/215 | Birthdate: 3/17/1989 | Birthplace: Constanza, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 31/21 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Juan Lagares drives in all three Mets' runs


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Juan Lagares hit a game-tying, bases-clearing double in the Mets loss to Miami on Tuesday. 

Lagares went 1 for 5 with 3 RBI. He saw his average drop to .310 but recorded his third double and 11th RBI of the year. 


Mets' Juan Lagares racks up four hits, three runs Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Mets center fielder Juan Lagares went 4 for 4 with a triple, an RBI and three runs scored in his team's 8-2 win over the Yankees Saturday.

"It's a great feeling," Lagares said after the game, per MLB.com. "It's one of those days when you feel good out there and make good swings."

The four hits matched a career high for Lagares, who indicated he focused on plate discipline during Saturday's game.

"I just try to do too much sometimes," Lagares said. "When I swing at strikes, I get good results. That's it."

Though the Mets moved Lagares to seventh in the batting order after four games batting second, they still see him as a future leadoff man.

"I don't necessarily think Juan is an RBI guy," manager Terry Collins said. "I think when he starts to have good at-bats, he's a top-of-the-order guy, which we hope to get him back in that spot."

Lagares has hit .296/.311/.338 with eight RBI, 10 runs scored and one stolen base in 71 at-bats.


Mets center fielder Juan Lagares post 4 for 4 day in win Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Mets center fielder Juan Lagares went an impressive 4 for 4 at the plate in New York's 8-2 win over the Yankees Saturday. Lagares, who also scored three times, boosted his average to .296 on the year and credits his recent success to staying patient at the plate, according to MLB.com.

"I just try to do too much sometimes," Lagares said. "When I swing at strikes, I get good results. That's it. It's a great feeling. It's one of those days when you feel good out there and make good swings."

Manager Terry Collins has also been impressed with Lagares' recent success and wants to move him up in the order.

"I don't necessarily think Juan is an RBI guy," Collins said. "I think when he starts to have good at-bats, he's a top-of-the-order guy, which we hope to get him back in that spot."


Mets' Collins on Lagares moving to No. 2 hole: Our options were limited


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Mets outfielder Juan Lagares moved to the No. 2 spot in the order Tuesday night against the Braves. The move was made after third baseman and everyday No. 2 hitter David Wright was placed on the disabled list on Wednesday with a hamstring issue, and his replacement Travis d'Arnaud suffered a fractured hand on Sunday.

Lagares is hitting .275/.302/.294 with five RBI through his first 53 plate appearances.

"Well, I think our options were a little limited," manager Terry Collins. "And here's a guy that we think is starting to swing the bat much better. We almost started the season with him leading off. So I just thought I'll put him in the two-hole. ... He uses the whole field to hit. If Grandy [Curtis Granderson] gets on, he's got a hole between first and second, which he's very accustomed to hitting something in that hole. And his foot speed helps. If he gets on, he can get himself in scoring position."


Mets OF Juan Lagares pushes hitting streak to seven games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Mets outfielder Juan Lagares carries a seven-game hitting streak into Tuesday's game against the Braves. He is batting .385 (10 for 26) with one double, four RBI, five runs, two walks, three strikeouts and one stolen base in that span.

Lagares is batting .293 (12 for 41) with five RBI against right-handers in 2015. He is batting .200 (2 for 10) with no RBI against lefties.


With d'Arnaud off, Mets move Lagares to No. 2 hole


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) With catcher Travis d'Arnaud receiving the night off, the Mets moved center fielder Juan Lagares into the No. 2 hole in New York's lineup against the Marlins on Friday, per ESPN. Lagares is hitting .231/.268/.231 with three RBI in 10 games.

D'Arnaud has assumed the No. 2 hole after the Mets placed David Wright on the disabled list. Anthony Recker will take his spot behind the plate for the night and will bat eighth. D'Arnaud is hitting .294 (10 for 34) with a double, a triple, a home run and eight RBI in nine games.


Mets drop Juan Lagares in batting order


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins is dropping center fielder Juan Lagares one spot in the batting order. 

Lagares was a candidate for the leadoff spot in spring training, but he opened the season in the six hole in the order. After opening the season with a .160 average and six strikeouts in 25 at bats, Lagares will bat seventh on Monday. 

"If he continues to swing the bat like he can, he'll be in the leadoff spot," Collins said, per ESPN. "Right now, he's struggling a little bit. So we kind of like where he's at. We've got all the confidence in the world. When that confidence fades, we'll find somebody else. But, right now, this guy is one of the real, real good players and an up-and-coming star in this game."

Catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who is hitting .333 with five RBI, moves up from the seventh spot. 


Mets' Juan Lagares leading off Sunday vs. Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Mets center fielder Juan Lagares has been moved to the leadoff spot for Sunday's game against the Braves.

Lagares will get the leadoff role with Curtis Granderson being replaced by John Mayberry in Sunday's lineup. The Mets are also giving second baseman Daniel Murphy and catcher Travis d'Arnaud a break from starting Sunday, with Ruben Tejada and Anthony Recker set to start against the Braves.

Manager Terry Collins indicated that while Murphy is fatigued, "his legs are fine," ESPNNewYork.com reports. Tejada was initially set to start ahead of Wilmer Flores Sunday but instead will spell Murphy at second base.

The Mets are underdogs (+104) against the Braves Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Mets not expecting Juan Lagares to bat leadoff in Nationals series


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Mets outfielder Juan Lagares hit sixth in the team's Opening Day lineup against the Nationals. While Lagares will bat leadoff this season, he isn't expected to do so in the series against the Nationals since the Mets will be facing Max Scherzer, Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg.

"One of the things we said is if this guy really starts to get it going and really looks he can handle it, we'll move him in that spot but we just thought in this particular instance, these three guys got good numbers against right-handed hitting, and Juan's numbers against right-handed hitters are not necessarily all that good just yet," manager Terry Collins said, per NJ.com. "Yeah, he's a better player than he was a year ago at this time, we thought this was a better looking lineup today."


Mets, Juan Lagares agree to four-year, $23 million extension


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) The Mets signed outfielder Juan Lagares to a four-year extension that includes a club option for the 2020 season, the team formally announced on Thursday. The deal is reportedly worth $23 million, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

"This is a place I want to be," Lagares said in a team statement. "The Mets signed me when I was 16. I'm really excited for this season and the future."

Lagares, 26, known for his defense, earned his first Gold Glove Award last season with 28 defensive runs saved and six outfield assists. He has a career .262/.302/.368/.669 slash line over two seasons in the majors. He is hitting .345 with six doubles, one triple, three home runs, six RBI and 13 runs in 18 games this spring.


Mets' Collins not yet ready to name Juan Lagares leadoff hitter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins said Wednesday he is not yet ready to name Juan Lagares the leadoff hitter, per ESPN. He will continue to evaluate the lineup through the weekend, but mentioned Lagares has shown he can handle the leadoff spot.

Lagares, who reportedly is in talks with the Mets on a four-year, $23 million contract extension, is batting .345 with a .400 on-base percentage, one triple, three home runs, six doubles, six RBI, 13 runs and one stolen base in 18 spring games.


Mets' Lagares in talks about four-year, $23M contract extension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Mets outfielder Juan Lagares confirmed Wednesday he is in discussions about a contract extension, but nothing has been finalized. He added he wants to sign before Monday's season opener against the Nationals, per NJ.com.

Baseball insider Jim Bowden was the first to report Wednesday that Lagares has agreed to a four-year contract extension, which includes a club option. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirmed Lagares is in talks with the Mets.

The contract extension will be worth $23 million, and the team option is for $9.5 million ($500,000 buyout). The contract covers all of Lagares' arbitration years and the team option covers his first year of free agency in 2020.

Lagares is considered one of the best defensive center fielders in the majors. Although, his offense is not quite up to par. Lagares has a career .262/.302/.368/.669 slash line over two seasons in the majors. He is having a good spring at the plate, however, batting .345 (19 for 55) with one triple, three home runs, six doubles, six RBI and 13 runs in 18 games.


Mets announce OF alignment for 2015 season; undecided at leadoff


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins announced his outfield alignment for the season on Wednesday, according to ESPN. New York will have Michael Cuddyer as the everyday left fielder, followed by Curtis Granderson in right field and Juan Lagares in center.

Although he has his outfield alignment established, Collins still remains undecided about his leadoff hitter. He is weighing between Lagares and Granderson for the leadoff spot, per the New York Post.


Juan Lagares inching closer to securing leadoff role for Mets?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Mets outfielder Juan Lagares has performed well offensively through the first few weeks of the spring training schedule. He is batting .407 (11 for 27) with a .467 on-base percentage, .593 slugging percentage, 1.059 OPS, one triple, three doubles, three walks, five runs and one RBI in nine games.

Despite his strong showing at the plate, Mets manager Terry Collins isn't ready to name Lagares the team's leadoff hitter.

“We haven’t really decided yet,” Collins said, per the New York Post. “I think he’s done a great job. He’s worked very hard on it. … We sure like the progress he’s made.”


Mets' Juan Lagares taking it easy with his elbow


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Mets outfielder Juan Lagares is taking it easy with his elbow thus far, according to MLB.com.

Lagares missed the final two weeks of 2014 due to an elbow injury, but said he doing well now. "I feel great right now," Lagares said. "I feel 100 percent. I just want to take it easy -- not easy, but I don't want to throw everything I've got right now."

Lagares has had opportunities to throw out some base-runners this spring, but has erred on the side of caution. Manager Terry Collins said he's completely fine with that strategy. 

"He did it the right way and I'm real proud of him," Collins said. "He could have sent a message to everybody -- 'Look, I'm fine.' And he was smart enough to say, 'I'll worry about it in April.'"

Lagares, 25, hit .281/.321/.382 over 416 at-bats last year. 


Mets' Juan Lagares (elbow) to start against Braves on Wednesday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Mets outfielder Juan Lagares will make the trip to Orlando and start in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves, according to ESPN New York. 

Lagares will not play in Tuesday's instrasquad scrimmage, however. 

Lagares sprained his elbow and had to be shut down near the end of the 2014 season. Though there are concerns about his injury popping back up, everything appears to be OK with Lagares for the time being. 


Mets worried about Juan Lagares' elbow


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Concerned over Juan Lagares' elbow, the Mets will monitor how Lagares' elbow reacts to spring training, reports NJ.com.

Lagares suffered an elbow sprain last season, which ended his season in September.


Mets manager Collins: Juan Lagares is preferred leadoff hitter


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday he prefers Juan Lagares as the team's leadoff hitter as long as he proves he can handle it, reports ESPN.

Largares spent most of last season batting eighth with Curtis Granderson in the leadoff spot. Lagares hit .281 with four homeruns and 47 RBI in 2014.


Mets want Juan Lagares to get on base more this season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) The Mets are hoping to see even more growth out of center fielder Juan Lagares in 2015. After winning a Gold Glove in 2014, Lagares will be given the chance to earn the leadoff spot in the lineup this spring in the hopes of getting him on base more.

"We certainly think Juan has the potential to get on base more," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "You guys have all seen his ability to put the bat on the ball, even on balls that are not necessarily strikes. He's strong enough when he hits it, to get base hits. Now we're trying to refine him to get him to be a little bit more in control of the strike zone."


Mets' Collins leaning toward using Lagares in leadoff spot in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday outfielder Juan Lagares will likely be the leadoff hitter in 2015, with outfielder Curtis Granderson as the fallback option. He said Lagares leading off would allow him to alternate right-handed and left-handed hitters throughout the lineup.

"We know he can steal bases. He showed us that last year," Collins said about Lagares, per ESPN.

Lagares hit .276 with a .329 on-base percentage, .365 slugging percentage, .695 OPS and nine stolen bases in 38 games batting first in 2014.


Juan Lagares shut down, will avoid offseason surgery


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Mets outfielder Juan Lagares will not play again this season due to an elbow sprain, but he is not expected to require offseason surgery, NJ.com reports.

Lagares will rehab this offseason to strengthen the elbow. He finishes 2014 with a .281/.321/.382 line along with four home runs, 47 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 416 at-bats.


Juan Lagares not ready to return yet


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/23/2014) Mets outfielder Juan Lagares was out of the lineup for a fifth straight game Tuesday at Washington. He's been sidelined by a hyperextended elbow. Kirk Nieuwenhuis got the start in his absence.

Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Mets outfielders Juan Lagares and Kirk Nieuwenhuis are not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Braves.

Lagares has been sidelined since Tuesday with a hyperextended elbow. Nieuwenhuis passed a kidney stone Thursday and remains day-to-day.


Juan Lagares to sit for a while with elbow injury


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Terry Collins has confirmed that Mets center fielder Juan Lagares will miss at least a few games with a sprained elbow, per ESPN.

Lagares left the Tuesday game with the injury. His hitless performance in two at-bats ended a four-game hitting streak.


Juan Lagares hyperextends elbow Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Mets outfielder Juan Lagares left Tuesday's game against the Marlins with a hyperextended right elbow, the team announced.

Lagares went 0 for 2 at the plate and had to come out prior to the beginning of the fifth inning. The hitless performance gives him a .281/.321/.382 line with four home runs, 47 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 416 at-bats.