Juan Lagares is best center fielder in baseball, according annual Fielding Bible awards (Fielding Bible, Oct. 30).
The Fielding Bible Awards are voted on by a 12-person panel, which includes Bill James, Joe Posnanski, Brian Kenny and Rob Neyer.
Lagares saved 28 runs with his fielding this season (FanGraphs, Oct. 30), second most of all players in baseball.
Lagares was recently named a Rawlings Gold Glove finalist for National League centerfielders, competing against Reds OF Billy Hamilton and the Nationals OF Denard Span.
The winners will be announced by Rawlings on November 4.
In the event Lagares wins, he would be third Mets outfielder to earn a Rawlings Gold Glove, joining Tommie Agee (1970) and Carlos Beltran (2006-2008).
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The Mets received eight nominations for MLB.com’s Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards, including Jacob deGrom up for top Rookie and Regular-Season Moment, Juan Lagares for Defensive Player and Play and Lucas Duda for Breakout Hitter >> Read more and vote at MLB.com.
The Brewers have claimed catcher Juan Centeno off waivers from the Mets, Milwaukee announced.
Centeno appeared in 14 games for the Mets over the last two seasons, hitting .225 with a .279 OBP and three RBI.
The 24-year-old was recently ranked the No. 3 catcher in the Mets organization by SNY’s Mets Minors.
The Oakland Athletics claimed Andrew Brown off waivers from the Mets, the team announced.
Brown played 19 games for the Mets in 2014, hitting .182 with a .245 on base percentage, with two home runs and seven RBI.
Brown signed with the Mets in January 2013 and hit .216 with a .278 OBP over 87 games. He hit nine home runs and drove in 31 runs for them in 214 plate appearances.
In two season with Triple-A Las Vegas, Brown hit 28 home runs and drove in 110.
The Mets have the 10th brightest future of all teams in MLB, according to a list created by ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney (ESPN, Oct. 31).
The Nationals check in at No. 5, while the Braves, Marlins and Phillies all rank toward the bottom.
The list takes in to consideration the quality and age of the team’s current big league roster; the quality and quantity of prospects in the their farm system; payroll flexibility and overall budget; and the stability of ownership, the front office and coaching staff.
In the latest MetsBlog.com Right-Track, Wrong-Track Poll, 82 percent of 8,000 voters said the Mets are heading in the right direction.
Sandy Alderson said he expects his middle-infield situation to be in flux over the next couple of years, the GM told WIOX radio’s John Bernhardt (WIOX, Oct. 31).
Mets 2B Daniel Murphy, who is expected to earn roughly $8 million next season, was been the subject of trade rumors the last year, with the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Nationals and Giants all reportedly showing interest.
Meanwhile, the Mets promoted 20-year-old infielder Dilson Herrera to man second base in late August, with Murphy moving to third base in place of the injured David Wright.
Alderson told WIOX that he was impressed with what he saw from Herrera, who hit .220 with three HR and 11 RBI in 18 games.
“We’re very happy with his progress,” Alderson explained. “He’s got some real potential.”
It is possible the Mets carry both Travis d’Arnaud and current Triple-A catcher Kevin Plawecki on the same roster, Sandy Alderson told WIOX Radio on Friday (WIOX, Oct. 31).
For example, he said, the two could split catching duties and one could also play first base or the outfield, or during interleague play one could be the team’s designated hitter.
“There are ways to do it,” he said. However, he added, “Is that the best use of those two resources?”
Matthew Cerrone: The Mets love Plawecki. However, I’m 90 percent sure Anthony Recker will be this team’s back-up catcher next year, at least through the first part of the season. Plawecki will start the year in Triple-A, assuming he isn’t traded. It’s nothing against Plawecki, the Mets seem to really, really like him, but they talk like he needs more work. Plus, he’s a nice trade chip (be it now or next summer) if packaged with a young arm and veteran pitcher.
This past winter, MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo said Plawecki is on the verge of cracking the top 10 minor-league catchers in baseball (MLB.com, Jan. 17).
He has a knack for hitting for average and getting on base, explained Mayo, adding, “If he displays a little more power and continues to prove to people that he can stay behind the plate, despite his big frame, he could be a big league regular someday.”
In early September, Alderson said Plawecki is “knocking on the big-league door,” with d’Arnaud being the incumbent (Press & Sun-Bulletin, Sept. 4).
“We like Travis. We like Kevin. We like them both,” he said. “I would expect that we’ll see them both in spring training next year and see where it takes us.”