Juan Lagares promoted to Mets, Kirk Nieuwenhuis optioned to Las Vegas

Chris McShane

The news indicated by reports earlier today has become official. Lagares with take Nieuwenhuis's place on the major league roster.

This morning we got wind from Adam Rubin that the Mets were about to send down struggling center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis in exchange for the red hot Juan Lagares, who is hitting .346/.378/.551 in 78 at-bats at triple-A Las Vegas.

Now the news is official.

With Lagares still developing as a player, it would make sense for him to take over the starting center field job for now. Nieuwenhuis, although he his a solid defensive player, is hitting just .125/.176/.188 in 16 at-bats this season. Collin Cowgill — who, like Lagares, hits right-handed — is hitting .200/.200/.375 in a slightly larger sample.

Earlier today, Rob Castellano penned a piece regarding what fans can expect from Lagares. In a nutshell, Lagares is a good contact guy who doesn't doesn't walk often and has doubles power. Hit that link for more on the 24-year-old outfield prospect.

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