Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:16:19 -0800
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said OFs Juan Lagares and Chris B. Young will compete for the center field spot next season, but he also left with a strong impression that it's Lagares' job to lose. "So I think Chris is in a competition for center field. … I think, realistically, we'll see what Juan does offensively in spring training and go from there. I won't be surprised to see Juan Lagares in center for the first exhibition game and Chris in right or left." Young is expected to bat somewhere between fifth and seventh in the lineup.
Wed, 11 Sep 2013 00:35:59 -0700
Indications from rival executives and a pair of New York Mets officials are that the team will be very interested in Cincinnati Reds OF Shin-Soo Choo. One Mets official said general manager Sandy Alderson and his staff aren't particularly interested in entering an aggressive bidding war over the 31-year-old Scott Boras client. Choo would shift to right field if obtained by the Mets, in order to keep OF Juan Lagares in center field.
Fri, 02 Aug 2013 17:06:09 -0700
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis was dropped to seventh in the batting order Friday, Aug. 2, after hitting cleanup or fifth in each game since being called up from the minors July 5. 2B Daniel Murphy is hitting fifth and OF Juan Lagares was moved to second. "What Ike's been saying is true. He looks better, he's taking pitches but he's not driving in runs and I respect the fact that he's working on some things, he's trying to see pitches longer, he's trying to get a better ball to hit," manager Terry Collins said. "Right now we need to drive in some runs and Murph's swinging good. I always thought no matter what if it was a different situation where Ike was out, Dan Murphy's a perfect guy to hit down in that spot. He's a guy that puts the ball in play, uses the field to hit." Davis is batting .224 with one home run and nine RBIs since returning.
Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:31:14 -0700
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said OF Juan Lagares has earned the right to start every day.
Fri, 21 Jun 2013 19:36:19 -0700
New York Mets OF Juan Lagares had a pair of doubles in three hits Friday, June 21, against the Philadelphia Phillies, and he also made a highlight reel catch in the fifth inning to save a run.
Fantasy Tip: Lagares is expected to see additional playing time, not only because of his recent hot play at the plate, but a string of left-handed probable opposing pitchers in the next few days. Fantasy owners in daily NL-only leagues will want to take notice and use him when he is in the lineup.
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:03:20 -0700
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said he thinks OF Lucas Duda starting at first base and 2B Daniel Murphy at second base is the team's best lineup, with OFs Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Juan Lagares and Marlon Byrd in the outfield. "You're allowed to change," Collins said. "There's nothing that's etched in stone. You're allowed to make changes and you're allowed to make decisions that you think are in the best interest of the ballclub. And last week we made decisions that we thought were in the best interest of the ballclub. They didn't work. So, as I ask our players to adjust, I've got to do the same thing." Moving Duda to first doesn't mean that 1B Ike Davis will be in the minors longer than expected, however. Davis is hitting .174 (4-for-23) with four walks and seven strikeouts with Triple-A Las Vegas in six games.
Fantasy Tip: As Duda mentions, he's familiar with first base after playing the position extensively in the minors. This doesn't change his value at all, and Collins said they can move Duda back to the outfield when they're comfortable recalling Davis. The biggest loser is Jordany Valdespin, who wasn't hitting well in his stretch of starts at second base.
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 14:32:21 -0700
New York Mets OF Juan Lagares will be given a two-day audition in center field over OF Rick Ankiel, but the starts are more likely to be based off of pitching matchups more than anything. Manager Terry Collins thinks that Lagares needs to lay off more pitches outside the strike zone to be effective in the majors.
Fantasy Tip: Lagares' next two starts might go a long way in determining if they send him down and recall Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who has picked it up with the bat at Triple-A Las Vegas. Nieuwenhuis could come up and challenge Ankiel for playing time in center field.
Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:52:45 -0700
New York Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who homered twice for Triple-A Las Vegas Tuesday, June 4, to give him eight jacks in the last 14 games, is now on the radar of manager Terry Collins to be recalled to the majors. Nieuwenhuis went 2-for-16 with a walk and eight strikeouts before being optioned to the minors April 23. Las Vegas manager Wally Backman said Nieuwenhuis' home run success hasn't been the result of hitting in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, and the outfielder has been more aggressive with two strikes. OF Rick Ankiel is 2-for-28 with 13 strikeouts recently and has been dropped to No. 8 in the hitting order. Collins also indicated that OF Juan Lagares would probably benefit from more playing time in the minors.
Fantasy Tip: It's probably only a matter of time before the Mets realize that Ankiel is hurting their offensive production. He's not the future of the organization, either. Nieuwenhuis also bats from the left side, so it'll be interested to see how playing time would shake out if he's called up. Keep Nieuwenhuis on your radar if you play in NL-only leagues.
Mon, 13 May 2013 13:20:48 -0700
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said OF Rick Ankiel will start in center field against right-handed pitchers and OF Juan Lagares will receive starts against lefties.
Fantasy Tip: Ankiel's high strikeout totals combined with minimal playing time limit him only to NL leagues for the time being.
Mon, 13 May 2013 12:51:43 -0700
The New York Mets will sign free-agent OF Rick Ankiel (Astros), and he'll join the team Monday, May 13, according to a source.
Fantasy Tip: The Mets have been lacking an outfielder with true pop, other than the inconsistent Lucas Duda. Ankiel will give them that, but he'll also strike out plenty and ruin your team's batting average. It's unclear how much he'll play, but he figures to bump Mike Baxter and Juan Lagares out of playing time. Ankiel is an option if you're desperate for some home runs and can live with an abysmal BA.