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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%: 22/11 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Mets' Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda return to lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Mets center fielder Juan Lagares and first baseman Lucas Duda are back in the lineup for Monday's game against the Phillies.

Lagares, who is batting second, was scratched from Sunday's lineup with soreness in his armpit and elbow. Duda, who is batting third, was held out Sunday due to hamstring tightness.

The Mets are heavy favorites (-165) at home on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Juan Lagares scratched from Mets' lineup with injury


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Mets center fielder Juan Lagares was a late scratch from Sunday's lineup. 

Lagares has nagging soreness in his armpit and elbow, per ESPN.

Darrell Ceciliani replaces Lagares in center, his first start of the year at that position. He'll bat seventh. 


Mets alter lineup with Curtis Granderson getting day off


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson was held out of the starting lineup Thursday against the Cardinals for the first time in 10 games. With Granderson out of the starting lineup, center fielder Juan Lagares moved into the leadoff spot for the third time this season.

That wasn't the only change to the lineup manager Terry Collins made. He moved shortstop Wilmer Flores into the second spot in the batting order. Flores has started to improve offensively, batting .262 with a .524 slugging percentage, two doubles, three home runs and seven RBI in his last 11 games.

Third baseman Eric Campbell, who hit second the last four games, was moved to seventh in the lineup.


Mets OF Juan Lagares trying to emerge from hitting slump


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Mets outfielder Juan Lagares hit safely for a fourth straight game Tuesday against the Cardinals, but it still hasn't been enough to break him out of a hitting slump that has lasted for a couple of weeks. Lagares is batting just .152 (7 for 46) in his last 11 games, which has dropped his average from .324 to .270.

While Lagares was hitting for a high average as of early May, there still hasn't been a lot of progress in his offensive game. He has just five extra-base hits, 13 RBI and a .617 OPS in 37 games. He also has 33 strikeouts.

“Maybe he’s trying too hard to command [the strike zone],” Mets hitting coach Kevin Long said, per the New York Post. “At this point, he’s [gone] a little bit backwards, but he’ll keep working at it. He’ll get it right.”

Mets manager Terry Collins feels Lagares' recent struggles might be related to a game-winning home run he hit May 9 against the Phillies. 

“He’s got to work extra hard at using the whole field to hit, not worry about driving any baseballs,” Collins said.

Lagares missed a few games last week due to a torso injury. Lagares said the injury isn't a factor and he remains a confident hitter despite his offensive slump.

“I try to come back to the approach I was [using] before,” Lagares said. “The only thing you can control is keep working hard and try to do the best you can out there.”


Mets' Eric Campbell batting second, Juan Lagares ninth Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Mets third baseman Eric Campbell is batting second in Sunday's matchup with the Brewers, with center fielder Juan Lagares slotted ninth behind the pitcher.

Campbell, who has hit just .218/.328/.345 in 55 at-bats with the Mets, is making his second straight start after joining the team in the wake of the injury to second baseman Dilson Herrera, which has shifted Daniel Murphy back to second base. Lagares has hit second on most days since the injuries to David Wright and Travis d'Arnaud, but he'll be making his first start lower than second since April 25.

The Mets are favorites (-130) at home Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Juan Lagares returns to starting lineup for Mets on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) Mets fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as center fielder Juan Lagares is back in the starting lineup on Friday. Lagares has missed the last three games due to soreness in his right side, but he'll be back in the No. 2 spot in the batting order against the Brewers. 

The Gold-Glove winner is hitting .276 on the season and has made countless highlight reel-type catches in the outfield. 


Juan Lagares (side) still can't start for Mets on Thursday vs. Cubs


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/14/2015) Mets center fielder Juan Lagares is out of the starting lineup for the third straight game on Thursday. Lagares has been dealing with pain on his side after making a diving catch last week in New York.

Curtis Granderson will move over to center field for manager Terry Collins on Thursday. It's the first time he's played there this season. John Mayberry will get the start in right field where Granderson normally plays. 

Collins has said Lagares is expected to be back in the starting lineup on Friday against the Brewers.

"Last night obviously was cold and he was still a little stiff, but he felt better," Collins said, per ESPN.com. "You're just saying, 'Geez, nine hours from now we've got to be back here. How much better can it be in nine hours? ... If you give him 30 hours, there might be a significant improvement. Will it be 100 percent [Friday]? Probably not. But it will be a hecukva lot more improved that I don't know if he'll aggravate it as much as he would if he dove for a ball today and jarred himself again."


Mets CF Juan Lagares (side) remains out of lineup on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) As expected, Mets center fielder Juan Lagares is out of the lineup on Wednesday against the Cubs. Lagares will miss the start for the second straight game, as he is battling some soreness on his right side. He could come in as a pinch-hitter, but likely only in the case of an emergency.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis is once again filling in at center while batting seventh for manager Terry Collins. It is possible that Lagares returns to the lineup on Thursday, but the team has not provided an update on his status.


Mets CF Juan Lagares (side) out of lineup on Tuesday vs. Cubs


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) Mets center fielder Juan Lagares is out of the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Cubs. Lagares has a slight strain under the armpit area. The ailment has been bothering him for about a week, after he made a diving catch in New York, manager Terry Collins said. Lagares will be unavailable Tuesday, and will likely not play on Wednesday either, according to ESPN.com.

Juan Lagares' first HR of season proves to be game winner for Mets


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/9/2015) Center fielder Juan Lagares connected for his first home run of the season on Saturday, a two-run shot in the seventh inning that proved to be the difference in the Mets' win over the Phillies.

"I've been hitting the ball hard to people," Lagares said to ESPN.com. "Like I said, I just come here positive every day and keep fighting. It's a long season."

The home run broke an 0-for-16 skid for Lagares.

"He continues to show his skills every day," Mets manager Terry Collins said.


Phillies SP Aaron Harang suffers loss Saturday despite seven strong IP


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/9/2015) Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Harang (3-3) allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits in seven innings Saturday to suffer the loss against the Mets.

The big blow came in the seventh when, leading 2-1, Harang served up a two-run homer to center fielder Juan Lagares, proving to be the game-winning runs for the Mets.

"It was supposed to be down and away and I totally missed my spot," Harang said of the pitch Lagares hit for the homer. "You can tell by his swing he was looking fastball."

"Harang was outstanding [except for] one high fastball he'd like to have back," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.

Harang returns to the mound for his next start on Thursday against the Pirates.


Mets CF Juan Lagres goes hitless Tuesday, makes superb catch


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Mets center fielder Juan Lagares went 0 for 4 in Tuesday's victory over the Orioles. This was just the second time in the last 10 games that he failed to record a hit, as he's hitting over .400 with four RBI in that 10-game stretch.

But just because Lagares was quiet at the plate doesn't mean he didn't help his club. Lagares, who won a Gold Glove last season, made yet another brilliant catch in the outfield on Tuesday to rob Everth Cabrera of extra bases in the fifth inning. 

"He can flat out get the baseball," Mets right fielder Michael Cuddyer said, per MLB.com.


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.