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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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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

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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

Lucas Duda is not in the Mets starting lineup on Saturday against the Phillies.

The Mets continue to take things easy with Duda since his return from the disabled list, giving him plenty of rest. James Loney will start in his place at first base and bat seventh against Phil Klein and the Phillies on Saturday.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 10:34:00 AM

Mets manager Terry Collins said that Lucas Duda was scratched from Wednesday's lineup merely to give him a breather.

Duda was a late scratch from the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins, but there is no injury concern here. The Mets simply wanted to give the 30-year-old first baseman a little rest before they hurtle into the final handful of games in the 2016 regular season.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 11:05:00 PM

Lucas Duda has been scratched from Wednesday's game against the Marlins.

Duda was originally in the lineup, but when the Mets took the field it was James Loney who trotted over to first base. An update on Duda's status should be coming soon.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 07:42:00 PM

Lucas Duda went 2-for-3 with three RBI in a win over the Marlins on Tuesday.

Duda came up with the sacks jacked in the eighth inning and he unloaded them with a three-run double. The multi-hit game was Duda's first since coming off the disabled list on September 17. Injuries derailed his season and limited him to 45 games. When healthy, the 30-year-old has hit .241/.317/.434 with seven homers and 23 RBI.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 10:47:00 PM

Lucas Duda will start at first base Tuesday against the Marlins.

This will be his fourth start since returning from the disabled list. James Loney is on the bench and figures to lose some starts against righties this week as the Mets try to get some more punch in their lineup.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 03:38:00 PM

Lucas Duda went 1-for-3 with a double against the Phillies on Friday.

Mets manager Terry Collins went with Duda on Friday after watching him almost hit a game-winning homer in Thursday’s game. He’s being thrown into the fire, but it looks like he’s getting his timing back at the plate. James Loney has been handling first base duties since the end of May, but that time could be coming to an end.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 11:14:00 PM

Lucas Duda is starting at first base and batting seventh for the Mets on Sunday.

The thinking had been that Duda would be limited to pinch-hitting for a while after he was activated Friday, but apparently he's feeling well enough for full-time duty. It will be his first start since late May. Curtis Granderson, Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera have the day off Sunday, as Alejandro De Aza, Michael Conforto, Kelly Johnson and Matt Reynolds are all getting starts.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 11:45:00 AM

Mets activated 1B Lucas Duda from the 60-day disabled list.

He still hasn't been cleared to play the field and will be limited to pinch-hitting duties, but he adds another powerful left-handed bat to the Mets bench. He has been sidelined since late May due to a stress fracture in his back.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 02:43:00 PM

Lucas Duda (back) will be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

He'll be limited to pinch-hitting initially, as it's unclear when or if he might be able to play a full-time role at some point. It's obviously good news for the Mets regardless, as Duda has been on the shelf since late May with a stress fracture in his back.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 04:19:00 PM

Lucas Duda (back) will take live batting practice on Saturday.

Duda suffered a setback in early August and was shut down for a month, but his back has responded well to recent activity. It's far from a given, but there's now some renewed optimism that the Mets could get their first baseman back later this month. Duda has been out since late May with a stress fracture in his back.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 04:52:00 PM

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