Juan Lagares

Juan Lagares is first choice in CF, but anything is possible

Juan Lagares will begin Spring Training as the team’s primary center fielder, but nothing is set in stone, according to Terry Collins (Kernan, Feb. 4).

Lagares, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Eric Young and Chris Young could all end up rotating around all three positions, or the Mets could simply send Lagares to the minors (Kernan, Feb. 4).

“If Eric Young shows us in camp he can get on base, we have to find a spot for him, he changes our offense, as he did last summer,” explained Collins, who also pointed out Chris Young has been an All-Star center fielder.

In the event Eric Young does not hit leadoff, Chris Young or Ruben Tejada could end up in the top spot.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

This is going to be fascinating and very entertaining, because with Duda these decisions impact first base, as well. I look forward to it. I hope these men are ready to work, because they’re going to have their work cut out for them.

In the end, I still believe this team’s strength will be its starting pitching and outfield defense. So, I would make all decisions based on that reality. In other words, until he shows otherwise, Lagares has to be in center field and Duda cannot step foot in left field. The lineup will work itself out and, frankly, will have more to do with how Granderson, Ike Davis and Travis d’Arnaud hit rather than who bats leadoff. I appreciate what Eric Young can bring to the top of the order (speed), but Lagares in center field and Granderson and Chris Young in the corners will be the best defensive combination and will go further in supporting the rotation.




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mystere24
mystere24

I like Lagares. He has been under the radar throughout his minor league career. I think he can be a productive MLB hitter with a lot of doubles and he is already an elite defensive CFer. Having said that, if he does not hit in spring training, he will be a defensive backup or he will be the starting CFer in Las Vegas, and our OF will be, left to right, EY Jr, C Young, and Granderson. I do think the Mets best lineup has EY at the top of the order. He does change the offensive dynamic of the lineup and causes problems for the other team on the bases. If we still had Reyes, we would have the luxury of using EY off the bench but we don't so I think he needs to play or at least platoon.

A Pocono View_
A Pocono View_

Why they would consider Duda in any Of position

is concerning..

sayhey24
sayhey24

I'd rather have solid answers in the OF as opposed to an entertaining spring competition. The only person we know will provide solid production is Grandson and without the type of protection he has had with his previous teams, he may even struggle.

Marc Seldin
Marc Seldin

Young in left, Lagares in center and Granderson in right..not sure what the confusion is about with the Mets...

Michael Mee
Michael Mee

God dammit, Terry can't really be this stupid, can he? Maybe he just hyping his players to get them in a good frame of mind. Maybe he would never actually do it! 

Avi Gelboim
Avi Gelboim

Lagares should be regular CF, Young RF, Granderson LF

Ike should be given first shot at 1B in a platoon or semi-platoon with Satin

Young should be 4th OF/backup 2B/pinch runner

Duda should be on the bench, in the minors or on another team

Drew should leadoff if we can sign him

If not then Murphy and Young should platoon in leadoff spot on days when Young isn't starting

nagel100
nagel100

Legares just needs to show some patience at the plate.  leave those outside sliders alone.  he should be our CF.  i would love Ike to be the player who hits 25-30 homers but if he can't then i like the murphy to 1b and EY to second move.  That would give us a one-two in the batting order.  EY could steal 60.  Murphy is the perfect #2 hitter.   then you have the possibility of some pop with Wright, Grandy, Young and D'arnaud.    Drew would help of course.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Lagares in 121 games had a DRS (runs saved) of 26. Young in 148 had 2.


flmetsfan
flmetsfan

"...who also pointed out Chris Young has been an All-Star center fielder."

I just love how people throw around the term "All-Star center fielder", like it's important.  He was the lone Diamondback representative to the National League 2010 All-Star team.  Every team has to have a representative, so I don't understand why we should fall over a guy who was the fifth outfield reserve on the 2010 All-Star team.

chasesimms
chasesimms

Off topic, but Rubin has a nice article about Dillion Gee on espn that worth a read.   Gee is an easy guy to root for. 

Steve Clifford
Steve Clifford

fascinating wouldn't be the word I would use to describe anything with this lineup. or Duda

Brandon Lee
Brandon Lee

I understand that EYJ is a good outfielder and somehow he got nominated for a Gold Glove, but Lagares is on another level. EYJ is a good fielding center field, Lagares is one of, if not the best in the game. There's a big jump there. Having a guy like that in your outfield not only improves that area, but the other two corner spots around him. 

gloveman
gloveman

they should have playing Lagares, and Flores as priorities. Have options if they fail, but these guys need to do their thing. Weather it is to keep them long term, or as trade chips. My preference is to see these guys play, and hope they become Mets regulars!

kefhrny17
kefhrny17

This is such an terribly run organization, Duda is still a consideration for OF?? Didn't that experiment go all sorts of wrong?? Why did they get Grandy and Young JR and that other guy I already forgot about?? Murph at first??!!! Please stop making players play out of position, spend some f'ing money and get a real team out there!! Geesus f'in Christ!

nthmetsfan
nthmetsfan

I think the mention of Duda in the OF is just a smokescreen.  They will continue to look to trade someone.

slainte2
slainte2

Gammons is right ... Drew will find his way to Mets this spring, and is not going to sox to be backup.  Middlebrooks hit 15 HR and 54 rbi in 75 games in 2012, after OPS-ing almost 1.100 in AAA.  Think the Sox are really giving up on him after one disappointing injury plagued half year in 2013 at age 24 ?? no way.  Read in Bleachers Reports (or maybe MLBTR) that Marlins inquired for Middlebrooks and was told the conversation started with Stanton.  Sox are not sitting him (or Boegarts) to get Drew back in lineup.


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Todd Karlin
Todd Karlin

Biggest problem with this “If Eric Young shows us in camp he can get on base..."  He's a known quantity - what he does against prospects in camp over 40 at bats should determine NOTHING.

Poop-a-doodle-doo!
Poop-a-doodle-doo!

Am I the only one here that does not feel Lagares is the cat's meow? Does anyone else in here see it too?  Anyone?

James Damion
James Damion

Can they please stop mentioning Duda in any Outfield discussions. It's hard enough to hear about him being a First Base option.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

In August the Sporting News did an article listing the worst starting ML players by position. EY was there for LF. 

sell
sell

"Lagares, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Eric Young and Chris Young could all end up rotating around all three positions"


With this, Matt implies that Duda could see action in "all three positions," which, of course, is an impossibility.  Obviously Matt knows it would be in LF.  But why throw Duda in the middle of these outfield names, anyway?  It's a minor semantic flaw, but it just shows a lack of understanding, effort, and skill.

Jeff Tinsman
Jeff Tinsman

I really like the idea of signing Bonifacio. There is a huge lack of players that can bat at the top of this lineup, especially with enough major league experience to feel comfortable with them doing so.

hashburry
hashburry

Keep overrating the rotation.  Every time Terry talks about this team and wide open competition, it shows how little talent there is on this roster.  "In other words", the battle for third place is on!

eric88
eric88

.200, .200, .202, .210, .223, .235, .245. These are the 2013 BAs of the opening day lineup of the NY Mets, not named Wright or Murphy. It includes IKE and Duda depending on who is starting. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the worst cumulative opening day lineup in MLB HISTORY!!

ewangs
ewangs

@metsblog good to hear. I just really would like to see Flores and Lagares get ABs

Michael Jankowski
Michael Jankowski

Its got to be lagares young and granderson the starting outfield

cver
cver

@sayhey24 I agree - the circus will soon be back in town.  Why not have answers instead of questions.  Sure, there is a perverse entertainment that can be had watching everyone squirm and see if anyone can do anything useful.  And sure, if we hadn't been through this with most of these cast of characters, who were already out the door, it wouldn't be as maddening.  Ike, Duda and Tejada could all become productive players in Flushing or some place else someday, but the object is to put together a solid team that you can count on.  There is nothing to indicate that these 3 can be counted on.  But good luck to them and us!

slainte2
slainte2

@Avi Gelboim  

i agree with everything Avi except the loser between Ike and Duda can't be on bench ... too one dimensional.  the Loser has to go.

cver
cver

@flmetsfan I tend to agree with this, but also, I'll admit that while I think Terry sounds stupid saying that, I remembered him making what seemed like a crazy statement about Byrd last year, so I'll just hope that, even though he's getting paid a lot more than Byrd was, this works out again with Chris Young this time.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@flmetsfan  Agree! By that notion we should be all in on Evan Meek! You know, the pitcher from Pittsburgh that was an all star that year. The same one who spent all of last year in the minors. I'm not a CY hater but I am getting tired of the people who keep throwing it around like he led the league in every category

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@chasesimms That he is.  Met with him on a "Meet and Greet" as Spring Training two years ago.  Really nice guy, and very well grounded.

gloveman
gloveman

@Brandon Lee  defense up the middle is critical. His playing in on balls has him cutting off hits like I've never seen before. With our infield middle infield we will need someone special in center!

gloveman
gloveman

@nthmetsfan  smokescreen I hope, otherwise it's a nightmare in the making. Or did we not learn anything last year?

slainte2
slainte2

@Todd Karlin  

Stats over 40 AB should determine nothing ... approach, mechanics, comfort level, strength, confidence is what would be evaluated 

cver
cver

@Gland Hello Mr. Gland.  I think Lagares is a great fielder, from what I've seen.  And since he has been a decent hitter in the minors, he certainly has a chance to learn how to hit .270 in the majors and even though he doesn't have pop, a CF that can field like that and hit for average would be worth it, as long as we have the pop in other spots.

gloveman
gloveman

@Gland  he has been a .300 hitter all the way up the minors. This year we find out if after his rookie break-in, weather he can bring that to NY. His defense makes it worth finding out!

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@Gland he has a chance to be the cat's meow, so there's reason to give him a chance & none of the others for CF really even have a chance. His offense might be a serious problem. He looks pretty good defensively. 

cver
cver

@sell Even the Mets (maybe I shouldn't have written that) wouldn't dare put Duda in CF.

sell
sell

@Jeff Tinsman  He would be a solid signing.  Though isn't he just a maybe slightly better EYoungJR?

stemog
stemog

@hashburry You're right. But a decent hitter or two and maybe another bullpen arm is all it would take to get us in the hunt for second a wild card spot.

sell
sell

Agreed.  Even though people mention that Duda could "see time in the OF,"  we know that Terry would be beyond insane to actually put him there.  Oh, wait, he is insane...

Todd Karlin
Todd Karlin

Right - but Collins said - "if he can get on base"  -- which is an outcome - not an approach.

eric88
eric88

C Young, darneau, Tejada, Ike, Legares, Duda, Grandersen

hashburry
hashburry

@Steven Matregrano @eric88  Just shows you how uninspiring the lineup really is.  No one cares about how to spell their names.  But D'Aranud's name is wrong even when it is right.