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Juan Lagares | Outfielder | #12

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (26) / 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 (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

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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

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that if the Mets and Brewers are able to work out a deal for Carlos Gomez, Juan Lagares is expected to head to the Brewers.

Lagares would seemingly be squeezed out of the Mets lineup in such a deal, and the defensive wizard would have an opening to play everyday in center field in Milwaukee. Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores have also been mentioned as possibilities to be included in such a deal.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 08:47:00 PM

Juan Lagares (calf) returned to the Mets lineup on Friday, going 0-for-3 in a loss to the Cardinals.

The positive news is that he was able to play all nine innings in center field and looks to be fully recovered from the tightness in his left calf that sidelined him before the All-Star break. While he's a wizard defensively, Lagares has really struggled at the dish this season, slashing a mere .254/.281/.335.
Sat, Jul 18, 2015 08:22:00 AM

Juan Lagares said Sunday that his calf is fine and that he wouldn't require a trip to the disabled list.

Lagares was removed from Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks with tightness in his left calf, but it appears to be a very minor issue. With the extra rest that the All-Star break provides, he should be ready to go on Friday.
Sun, Jul 12, 2015 06:32:00 PM

Juan Lagares exited Sunday's game versus the Diamondbacks with left calf tightness.

It's unclear at this point if it might be more than a day-to-day situation for Lagares. With the All-Star break coming, he could be fine by next weekend.
Sun, Jul 12, 2015 03:54:00 PM

Juan Lagares is not in the Mets' lineup Tuesday.

It looks to be a routine day off. Kirk Nieuwenhuis is in center field in Lagares' place.
Tue, Jul 7, 2015 06:53:00 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins indicated Thursday that Juan Lagares is playing through a ligament tear in his elbow.

Lagares suffered a ligament strain last September, but didn't require surgery. His throws haven't had nearly the same velocity behind them this season and Collins said Thursday that he'll just have to manage it to continue playing. "Well, there's only a couple of things you can do," said Collins. "One would be to have Tommy John and the other would be to rest it and just be careful. They said Carlos Gomez has exactly the same type of thing. If you take care of it, he's a position player, so he can play with this." Asked about Collins' comments, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said that such a procedure is not a consideration and that Lagares is merely dealing with soreness in the elbow. We might have to wait until after the season to get more clarity on this situation, but it's worth keeping an eye on.
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 05:47:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Kevin Plawecki
3Johnny Monell
4Raywilly Gomez
1B1Lucas Duda
2Marc Krauss
2B1Neil Walker
2Dilson Herrera
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Wilmer Flores
3Ruben Tejada
4Matt Reynolds
3B1David Wright
2Eric Campbell
3Ty Kelly
LF1Michael Conforto
CF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Juan Lagares
3Alejandro De Aza
4Brandon Nimmo
RF1Curtis Granderson
Starting Pitcher
S1Jacob deGrom
2Matt Harvey
3Noah Syndergaard
4Steven Matz
5Zack Wheeler
6Bartolo Colon
7Rafael Montero
8Logan Verrett
9Robert Gsellman
Relief Pitcher
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jerry Blevins
5Hansel Robles
6Erik Goeddel
7Jenrry Mejia
8Josh Edgin
9Sean Gilmartin
10Buddy Carlyle
11Dario Alvarez
12Jim Henderson
13Jeff Walters
14Josh Smoker