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Lucas Duda | First Baseman | #21

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/3/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 256
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: USC
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 7 (0) / NYM
Contract: view contract details

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Lucas Duda homered to account for all three Mets runs Tuesday against the Cardinals.
Things weren't looking good for Duda when he was dealing with back and hip issues a few weeks ago, but he hasn't had any issues since he resumed playing in games and he's hitting .244 with a .911 OPS in 41 at-bats. His fantasy upside still isn't what it was; not only will he sit against a lot of lefties, but he's probably going to be stuck hitting seventh behind Jay Bruce in the Mets lineup. Those two are going to draw a bunch of a lefty relievers while paired together. Mar 28 - 4:30 PM

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Lucas Duda hit his first homer and walked Friday against the Astros.

Duda, who was held back at the beginning of the spring due to back and hip issues, is 5-for-10 with all of his hits going for extra bases. That's certainly a good sign, given the health questions surrounding him this year.
Mar 10 - 5:19 PM

Lucas Duda went 2-for-3 and drove in a run in the Mets' win over the Astros on Saturday.

Both hits were doubles. Duda has been suffering from back and hip pain thus far in camp, but has now played in back-to-back games. He struggled through an injury-plagued 2016 season that saw him bat just .229/.302/.412 with seven home runs in 47 games.
Mar 4 - 4:05 PM

Lucas Duda (back) is in the Mets starting lineup again for Saturday's Grapefruit League contest.

He's serving as the designated hitter on Saturday after playing first base on Friday. Duda has missed time this spring due to back spasms and hip soreness, but it's an encouraging sign that he'll be able to play on back-to-back days.
Mar 4 - 8:47 AM

Lucas Duda doubled in a couple of runs Friday against the Astros in his spring debut.

Duda has experience back spasms and hip soreness this spring, but he was able to play first base today, even with the DH available in the game. He's still a big question mark for the Mets at this point.
Mar 3 - 5:53 PM

Lucas Duda (back) is back in the Mets' lineup Friday.

Duda has been out of action for nearly a week due to back spasms, which required a couple cortisone shots. He's not out of the woods yet given his history of back issues, but obviously this is an encouraging step. The Mets had been working Jay Bruce out at first base while Duda was sitting out.
Mar 3 - 8:42 AM

Lucas Duda (back) has been cleared to resume hitting on Wednesday.

Duda came down with back spasms last week and eventually required cortisone shots in both of his hips, but he's slowly getting back to normal. The hope is that he could be ready to make his spring debut within the next few days. It's good news, but Jay Bruce is increasingly looking like part of the contingency plan at first base if Duda's health issues linger.
Mar 1 - 9:04 AM

Lucas Duda said Sunday that he doesn't think his back spasms will linger more than a few days.

It's good that he's optimistic, but it's not encouraging that Duda is already having back issues after his back sabotaged his 2016 campaign. He's been given cortisone shots in hopes that it will help speed up the healing process.
Feb 26 - 8:47 AM

Lucas Duda (back) was given cortisone shots in both hips on Friday.

Duda hasn't been on the field since Wednesday because of back spasms, which is obviously concerning since it was his back that sidelined him for a big chunk of last season. The 31-year-old is seemingly always hurt but can be a nice source of power when healthy.
Feb 25 - 4:43 PM

Lucas Duda is not in the Mets starting lineup on Saturday due to continued back stiffness.

Duda missed a large portion of the 2016 due to back stiffness and it's a discouraging development that he's continuing to deal with the issue after having an entire offseason to rest and rehab. The 31-year-old hit just .229/.302/.412 with seven homers and 23 RBI in 153 at-bats in 2016. The more time that he misses, the greater the opportunity for Michael Conforto to seize at-bats, either at first base or in right field with Jay Bruce manning first.
Feb 25 - 10:48 AM

Mets and 1B Lucas Duda avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.25 million contract.

Duda made $6.75 million last season. This is his final year of arbitration, meaning he will be a free agent next offseason. Duda will turn 31 years old in a couple of weeks and is coming off an injury-plagued season where he hit just .229 with seven home runs and a .714 OPS in 47 games. The Mets will hope for improved health and results in his walk year.
Jan 12 - 5:11 PM

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson confirmed Monday that the club will tender Lucas Duda a contract this offseason.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported recently that they planned to do so. Duda is coming off an injury-shortened season due to back issues and is projected by to make $6.8 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility. He obviously won't be worth that much if he's limited to 47 games again, but Duda had a .350 OBP and hit 57 homers from 2014-15, so it's a worthy investment.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 08:08:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Mets are expected to tender a contract to Lucas Duda.

Duda was limited to just 47 games in the regular season due to a stress fracture in his back and hit just .229/.302/.412 with seven homers and 23 RBI. He's arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 10:41:00 AM

Mets manager Terry Collins said that Lucas Duda would make the Mets' NLDS roster should they win Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the Giants.

Duda did not crack the Wild Card roster, with James Loney set to start at first base in Wednesday's game. Collins indicated that Loney's defense was a deciding factor in regards to that decision. A stress factor in Duda's back limited him to just 47 games played this season. He hit .229/.302/.412 in that space.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 05:13:00 PM

Lucas Duda is not on the Mets' roster for Wednesday's NL Wild Card game against the Giants.

This is an indication that perhaps Duda isn't feeling 100 percent. Mets manager Terry Collins has yet to officially announce his lineup for the Wild Card game, but James Loney is expected to make the start at first base. The Mets are carrying nine pitchers and 16 position players for the showdown against the Giants. Josh Edgin got the nod over Josh Smoker as the second left-hander while Bartolo Colon and Robert Gsellman will be available in the bullpen. Seth Lugo was held off the roster.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 10:42:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Rene Rivera
3Kevin Plawecki
4Tomas Nido
1B1Lucas Duda
2Wilmer Flores
2B1Neil Walker
2T.J. Rivera
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Matt Reynolds
3Gavin Cecchini
4Amed Rosario
3B1David Wright
2Jose Reyes
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Curtis Granderson
2Juan Lagares
RF1Jay Bruce
2Michael Conforto
3Brandon Nimmo
4Wulimer Becerra
Starting Pitcher
S1Noah Syndergaard
2Jacob deGrom
3Matt Harvey
4Steven Matz
5Zack Wheeler
6Robert Gsellman
7Seth Lugo
8Rafael Montero
9Chris Flexen
Relief Pitcher
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Fernando Salas
4Jerry Blevins
5Hansel Robles
6Josh Smoker
7Erik Goeddel
8Josh Edgin
9Sean Gilmartin
10Ben Rowen
11Adam Wilk
12Tom Gorzelanny
13Jenrry Mejia