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Juan Lagares | Outfielder | #12

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/17/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / UDFA / NYM
Contract: view contract details

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Juan Lagares went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI against the Dodgers on Friday.
Lagares drove in two runs with a single in the first inning against Julio Urias before taking Joe Blanton deep in the fifth inning for his first home run of the season. The Mets continue to sit young outfielder Michael Conforto against left-handers, so Lagares will get occasional starts in center field, but his fantasy appeal is limited to NL-only and daily formats. May 27 - 10:50 PM

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Juan Lagares went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

Lagares' two singles counted as an offensive explosion for the Mets on Tuesday. They finished the game with five total hits, none for extra bases. Just a tough day at the office against a sharp Alex Wood. For the season, Lagares is hitting .271/.314/.354 with a triple and a double over 48 at-bats. Between the lack of consistent at-bats and the uninspiring statistical output, there is no fantasy upside here.
May 11 - 2:05 AM

Juan Lagares is starting in center field and batting ninth against the Royals on Sunday.

With the designated hitter spot available, Michael Conforto will be the DH and the Mets will get Lagares' glove in there. Yoenis Cespedes is shifting over to left field.
Apr 3 - 3:46 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday that Juan Lagares will see time in left and right field in addition to center.

With Yoenis Cespedes functioning as the club's primary center fielder, Lagares has been relegated to a fourth-outfielder role. Rather than spending his time exclusively in center, it sounds as though Cespedes will remain in center and Lagares could play in the corners whenever Michael Conforto or Curtis Granderson need to rest a day.
Mar 18 - 9:19 PM

Juan Lagares went 2-for-2 with two RBI, a walk and two steals Tuesday against the Braves.

It'll be interesting to see how Lagares stays motivated this year while signed to a long-term contract and playing a bench role. He's certainly one of the game's top 30 center fielders, but the Mets will likely only use him against lefties while there starters are healthy and might not use him against all of them.
Mar 8 - 4:50 PM

Juan Lagares lost close to 20 pounds over the winter.

Lagares regressed at the plate last season while dealing with an elbow injury, but he also took a noticeable step back defensively. He's clearly motivated for a bounceback year, though he will take on a part-time role with Yoenis Cespedes back in the fold as the Mets' primary center fielder. Barring an injury, Lagares will likely serve as a late-inning defensive replacement and make some starts against lefties. He's not on the mixed-league radar.
Feb 24 - 12:01 PM

Juan Lagares (elbow) appeared in two games this weekend for Aguilas Cibaenas of the Dominican Winter League.

Lagares started in center field and went 1-for-6 at the plate with a walk, a stolen base, and a sacrifice bunt. He was able to avoid surgery for his lingering right elbow injury and should be 100 percent heading into the start of spring training in February. Lagares, 26, finished the 2015 regular season with a disappointing .259/.289/.358 batting line and only six home runs in 143 games.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 10:36:00 AM

Adam Rubin of reports that Juan Lagares will not undergo surgery to correct his right elbow issue.

He's battled the elbow problem since 2013, but the Mets remain confident that rest and rehab is the best course of action. Lagares currently appears to be in line at least for a platoon role with the Mets next season, although it's possible the club will pursue an upgrade this winter.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 12:54:00 PM

Juan Lagares saw a team doctor Wednesday about a lingering injury to his right elbow.

Lagares has been dealing with the injury dating back to 2013 and clearly didn't look the same defensively this season. While Mets manager Terry Collins mentioned the possibility of Tommy John surgery in the past, the feeling now is that he won't require anything more than rest. "Due to the fact that he never complained all summer about anything," said Collins. "I just think all it's going to be is a, 'Hey look, you're back, go get 'em.' So that's it." As of now, Lagares appears likely to be platooned in center field in 2016. He's under contract for $23 million through 2019.
Wed, Nov 4, 2015 03:10:00 PM

Juan Lagares is expected to start in center field in Game 2 of the World Series against the Mets on Wednesday.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York writes that this was likely decided before the World Series began based on Johnny Cueto's platoon splits, but Lagares' performance off the bench in Game 1 sealed things. Mets manager Terry Collins probably would also like to sure up his defense. Yoenis Cespedes figures to start in left field while rookie Michael Conforto could serve as the DH.
Wed, Oct 28, 2015 08:45:00 AM

Juan Lagares will start in center field again for Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

The Mets pounded out a postseason franchise record 13 runs in Game 3 on Monday and they are sticking with the same starting eight for Game 4. The only change is that Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud have been flip-flopped in the order. The full lineup for New York: Curtis Granderson RF, David Wright 3B, Daniel Murphy 2B, Yoenis Cespedes LF, Travis d’Arnaud C, Lucas Duda 1B, Wilmer Flores SS, Lagares CF, Steven Matz SP. Clayton Kershaw will pitch on three days rest for the Dodgers.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 02:35:00 PM

Juan Lagares is starting in center field and batting eighth in Game 3 of the NLDS Monday versus the Dodgers.

Michael Conforto and Michael Cuddyer are both on the bench. The full starting lineup for the Mets, who are tied 1-1 in their feisty best-of-five with the Dodgers: Curtis Granderson RF, David Wright 3B, Daniel Murphy 2B, Yoenis Cespedes LF, Lucas Duda 1B, Travis d'Arnaud C, Wilmer Flores SS, Juan Lagares CF, Matt Harvey SP. Los Angeles is throwing left-hander Brett Anderson.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 03:11:00 PM

Juan Lagares went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored in Friday's loss to the Pirates.

The double was Lagares' 14th on the season. The defensive whiz is hitting just .261/.289/.356 with four home runs, 39 runs scored and seven steals over 376 at-bats. His fantasy value is more or less nonexistent at this point.
Fri, Aug 14, 2015 11:29:00 PM

Juan Lagares went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Rockies.

Lagares gave the Mets plenty of breathing room as his two-run double in the eighth inning doubled his team's lead to 4-0. It's his first multi-hit game since July 20. He has turned in a subpar offensive year, batting .257/.286/.344 with three home runs and 30 RBI. With a revamped outfield, Lagares has mostly been used as a late-game defensive replacement so his fantasy value is microscopic.
Tue, Aug 11, 2015 10:07:00 PM

Juan Lagares hit a two-run triple in Tuesday's win over the Marlins.

With two runners on in the eighth inning, Lagares hit his fifth triple of the season to break the game open. Lagares came around to score one batter later. Lagares finished 1-for-4 in the game and is hitting just .253/.281/.337 on the year.
Tue, Aug 4, 2015 10:31:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Kevin Plawecki
3Rene Rivera
1B1Lucas Duda
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Wilmer Flores
3Matt Reynolds
3B1David Wright
2Eric Campbell
3Ty Kelly
LF1Michael Conforto
2Alejandro De Aza
CF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Juan Lagares
RF1Curtis Granderson
Starting Pitcher
S1Jacob deGrom
2Matt Harvey
3Noah Syndergaard
4Steven Matz
5Bartolo Colon
6Zack Wheeler
Relief Pitcher
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jerry Blevins
5Hansel Robles
6Logan Verrett
7Jim Henderson
8Jenrry Mejia