>>Mets Extend Gold Glover Lagares
The New York Mets have reportedly signed outfielder Juan Lagares to a four-year contract extension.
Yahoo! Sports is reporting the deal, citing an unnamed major league source, adding the deal will be official after a Thursday physical. Also according to the report, the deal is worth $23 million, covers his remaining four years of arbitration eligibility and has a team option of $9.5 million for his first year of free agency in 2020.
Lagares, entering his third season in the league, hit .281 with four homers and 47 RBI last season, earning a Gold Glove for his efforts in center field.
Lagares, 26, is a career .262 hitter with eight homers and 81 RBI in 237 games with the Mets.
>>Red Sox Catcher To Have Tommy John Surgery
Christian Vazquez, who was expected to be the starting catcher for the Boston Red Sox this season, will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right throwing elbow, the team announced Wednesday.
Vazquez's surgery will be performed Thursday in Pensacola, Florida, by Dr. James Andrews.
The 24-year-old was placed on the 60-day disabled list Monday with a sprained elbow and will likely miss the entire 2015 season.
He took over as the club's regular catcher last July and played 55 games in his first major league action, hitting .240 with nine doubles, a homer and 20 RBI.
He was at his best throwing out potential base stealers, nabbing 15-of-29.
Needing help at the position, Boston acquired catcher Sandy Leon in a trade with Washington on Monday. Leon will likely join Ryan Hanigan as the primary catchers to start the season for the Red Sox.
Hanigan is also a new addition. He was acquired in December from San Diego for third baseman Will Middlebrooks.
>>Nats Star To Start Season on DL, Werth Questionable
Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon will begin the upcoming 2015 season on the disabled list as he continues to recover from a sprained left knee.
Rendon, who finished fifth in voting for last year's National League Most Valuable Player Award, suffered the injury in a spring training game on March 9 and hasn't played since. The 2014 Silver Slugger winner received a third opinion on his knee Tuesday in Vail, Colorado which confirmed the previous diagnosis of an MCL sprain, according to MLB.com.
Nationals manager Matt Williams said Wednesday that a timetable has yet to be set for Rendon's return.
Yunel Escobar is expected to move from second base to third during Rendon's absence, with Danny Espinosa slated to fill in at second.
Williams also said Wednesday that Jayson Werth is unlikely to be ready for Monday's opener against the New York Mets as well. The veteran outfielder, who underwent shoulder surgery in January, has been limited to only minor league games this spring.
Rendon hit .287 with 21 homers, 83 RBI and 17 steals last season, his first full one in the majors. Werth batted .292 with 16 homers and 82 RBI over 147 games in 2014.