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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Lagares to get first crack over EY Jr.?

By Adam Rubin

VIERA, Fla. -- Did Sandy Alderson tip his hand that Juan Lagares would get the first crack to be the regular outfielder over Eric Young Jr.?

Quite possibly.

"I think everybody would probably agree he's our best [defensive] outfielder, he's our best center fielder," Alderson said Tuesday about Lagares. "But he's going to have to hit a little bit, too. So if he were to start in center field on Opening Day, we'd have to see over a period of time -- how long, how short I don't know -- that he can carry the offensive side of the game as well. And if that's not the case, then typically a guy like that would be better off playing every day somewhere else. But that's premature."