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Mets and Lucas Duda avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Jan 22, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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Masahiro Tanaka isn’t the only one getting rich today. Adam Rubin of ESPN reports that the Mets and first baseman/outfielder Lucas Duda have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal worth $1.6375 million. On Friday, Duda filed for $1.9 million while the Mets filed for $1.35 million, making the midpoint $150,000 less than what the two sides eventually settled upon.

Duda, soon to be 28, was eligible for arbitration for the first time and can become a free agent after the 2016 season. He finished 2013 with solid numbers despite a low batting average and playing half his games in a pitcher-friendly park, posting a .223/.352/.415 line. He missed 76 games between June 22 and August 25 with a strained left intercostal.

The Mets were expected to trade first baseman Ike Davis during the off-season, but ended up holding on to him and agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million deal to avoid arbitration. Such a trade would have opened up first base for Duda. Now that the Mets have a full outfield, Duda projects to start the 2014 season on the bench.

  1. doclolly - Jan 22, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Well the Amazin’s had to respond with their own big deal so they wouldn’t be outdone by the yankees again

  2. nymets4ever - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    I can’t stand Duda. Plays the game with zero fire, doesn’t hit nearly enough home runs despite his size and strength (and 99% of the ones he does hit are solo shots in blowouts), provides zero defensive value, can’t buy a clutch hit, and has noted confidence issues. If Davis bounces back like I think he will, he and Josh Satin could cobble together a nice productive platoon at 1st. Back to Duda…I hope he gets hot just long enough for some other team to take him off the Mets hands.

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