Rotowire: Dec 9 / 7:32a ET
News: Lagares (elbow) is slated to open the season as the Mets' leadoff hitter but will need to improve his plate discipline to keep the job, ESPN New York reports.
Impact: If Lagares can stick as the leadoff hitter, it would allow the Mets to alternate righties and lefties throughout the lineup, with Daniel Murphy batting second, David Wright third, Lucas Duda fourth, Michael Cuddyer fifth and Curtis Granderson sixth. Lagares had a 96:20 K:BB ratio and .321 OBA but showed he could steal bases after being prompted to be more aggressive last September, which will aid him in remaining as the top-of-the-order hitter.
Rotowire: Nov 6 / 3:44p ET
News: Lagares (elbow) said Thursday that he hopes to resume baseball activities in a week or two, NJ.com reports.
Impact: The 25-year-old will spend the winter in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where the Mets' spring training complex is located, rehabbing a sprained elbow he suffered in mid-September. Lagares said Thursday that he was feeling "very good" and added that he doesn't necessarily have plans to change his offseason workout routine to help his long-term health. A .281/.321/.382 hitter during the 2014 campaign, Lagares' biggest contributions came in center field, and he was recognized Tuesday with his first career Gold Glove award.