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Juan Lagares | Outfielder

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/17/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Mets signed OF Juan Lagares to a four-year, $23 million contract extension with a club option for 2020.
The deal was reported Wednesday and then finalized Thursday morning. Lagares batted just .281/.321/.382 in 116 games last season for the Mets, but the 26-year-old is one of the best defenders in baseball and it looks like he'll be the Mets' starting center fielder through at least 2019. The new contract covers all of his arbitration years. Apr 2 - 10:59 AM

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According to ESPN.com's Jim Bowden, the Mets have signed OF Juan Lagares to a four-year contract extension.

The deal's not quite final yet, though it sounds close. Bowden writes that it's expected to be worth more than $20 million and will include a club option. Already a legitimate defender, Lagares has slashed his way to a .345/.400/.655 line this spring. Don't expect him to hit like that for an extended amount of time. At age 26 and coming off a .281/.321/.382 line over 452 plate appearances in 2014, it's possible that he'll carry over at least some of his spring power, though, making him an interesting name to keep in mind late in mixed drafts.
Apr 1 - 10:22 AM

Juan Lagares homered, doubled and stole a base as the Mets topped the Yankees 7-2 on Wednesday.

Lagares entered the spring as the Mets' leadoff man, and he's been tearing it up, with a .395 average, eight extra-base hits and four walks in 42 at-bats. Still, there was a report earlier that the Mets might bypass him in favor of Curtis Granderson anyway. Obviously, it shouldn't happen if Lagares keeps playing like this, but there's plenty of history to suggest that Lagares isn't this good.
Mar 25 - 5:24 PM

Juan Lagares reached three times from the leadoff spot Saturday, doubling twice and walking against the Tigers.

Lagares is batting .394 with a .459 OBP in 33 at-bats. He hasn't attempted a steal yet, which is kind of surprising given that he's said he intends to do more running this year, but it's the OBP from the leadoff spot that should really matter to the Mets.
Mar 21 - 5:28 PM

Juan Lagares went 2-for-4 with an RBI from the leadoff spot Sunday against the Red Sox.

Lagares is coming back from an elbow sprain and hasn't really cut loose with any throws. Still, it's not something that's expected to limit him in the batter's box. The Mets have him penciled in as their leadoff man this year.
Mar 8 - 4:42 PM

Juan Lagares (elbow) is due to make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday against the Braves.

Lagares had to be shut down early last season due to a sprained right elbow and the Mets reportedly have concerns that the injury might pop back up in 2015. But everything looks fine for now. The 25-year-old center fielder is a .262/.302/.368 hitter in 237 major league games.
Mar 2 - 3:54 PM

Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger reports that the Mets have concerns that Juan Lagares' right elbow "will be bothersome" this season.

Lagares was shut down with a couple weeks left in last season due to a sprain in the elbow. He didn't require surgery, but apparently a winter of rest hasn't totally alleviated concerns. The Mets will monitor Lagares' elbow closely in hopes of keeping the ailment under control.
Mar 1 - 1:30 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins admitted Saturday that Juan Lagares is the team's preferred leadoff hitter.

That's predicated on Lagares proving that he can handle the role this spring. The 25-year-old is a career .265/.315/.357 hitter in 185 at-bats out of the leadoff spot. Curtis Granderson has also been mentioned as a possible candidate to hit atop the Mets lineup, and may get the job if Lagares struggles during Grapefruit League play.
Feb 28 - 11:40 AM

Juan Lagares (elbow) is expected to begin doing light baseball activities in a week or two.

Lagares was shut down in mid-September due to a right elbow sprain, but the injury did not require surgery and he's making steady progress in his rehab. "I feel very good right now," Lagares said Thursday. The 25-year-old was named the 2014 National League Gold Glove Award winner in center field earlier this week.
Source: NJ.com
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 01:58:00 PM

Juan Lagares has been named the 2014 National League Gold Glove winner in center field.

Lagares is still developing with the bat, which can sometimes cost a deserving potential Gold Glove winner. That fortunately proved not to matter, though, as he's elite defensively. Lagares beat out Billy Hamilton and Denard Span for the award.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 07:51:00 PM

Juan Lagares (elbow) is done for the season.

Lagares doesn't need surgery for his right elbow sprain, but his rehab for the injury will last into October. The young center fielder batted .281/.321/.382 with four home runs and 13 stolen bases in 116 games this season while playing elite-level defense.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 04:08:00 PM

Juan Lagares (elbow) could be out for the rest of the season.

Lagares suffered a sprained right elbow on Tuesday and has been ruled out through the next two series. It's possible he could return for the final series of the season against the Astros, but it wouldn't really make sense for the Mets to push him at that point. Lagares has hit .281/.321/.382 with four homers over 116 games this season while playing Gold Glove-level defense in center field.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 05:31:00 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Wednesday that Juan Lagares (elbow) will miss at least a few games.

Lagares exited Tuesday's contest with a sprained right elbow. It sounds like he's expected back at some point before the end of the season, but the Mets will be careful. Kirk Nieuwenhuis is in center field Wednesday.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 03:59:00 PM

Juan Lagares revealed Wednesday that he's nursing a sprained right elbow.

It was referred to as a hyperextended elbow by the Mets when he exited Tuesday's game. Lagares said that he needs to consult with the team first before he knows how long he'll be sidelined. More clarity with his situation should be available later Wednesday.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 03:34:00 PM

Juan Lagares left Tuesday's game against the Marlins with a hyperextended right elbow.

It's not clear how Lagares suffered the injury. More should be revealed about his status after the game. Kirk Nieuwenhuis replaced him in center field.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 08:39:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Anthony Recker
1B1Lucas Duda
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Danny Muno
SS1Wilmer Flores
2Ruben Tejada
3B1David Wright
2Eric Campbell
LF1Michael Cuddyer
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
3Cesar Puello
CF1Juan Lagares
RF1Curtis Granderson
2John Mayberry
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Matt Harvey
2Jacob deGrom
3Jon Niese
4Bartolo Colon
5Dillon Gee
6Zack Wheeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jenrry Mejia
2Jeurys Familia
3Carlos Torres
4Vic Black
5Alex Torres
6Jerry Blevins
7Buddy Carlyle
8Bobby Parnell
9Sean Gilmartin
10Erik Goeddel
11Josh Edgin