Duda, Mets working on a contract extension

The New York Mets are still in discussions to extend Lucas Duda's contract, but is this a premature action or are the Amazin's making a shrewd move locking up their first baseman of the future?

With the MLB strictly enforcing its ban on illicit substances, the amount of homeruns hit each season continues to dwindle. So when a player hits 30 or more homeruns, hold on to him.

Mets first baseman, Lucas Duda, swatted 30 homers last season, ranking third in the National League only behind All-Stars Giancarlo Stanton and Anthony Rizzo.

Duda had a career 2014 season. He batted .253, hit 30 homeruns, and knocked in 92 RBIs. According to Fangraphs, this season was valued at over $17 million, which was much more than Duda’s $1,637,500 payday.

New York Post sportswriter Joel Sherman said the Mets and Duda have commenced discussions to buy out Duda’s arbitration years and extend his contract past 2017.

Duda commented the talks are in the very early stages.

This leaves the Mets in a bit of a pickle. Do they extend a player who’s coming off a career season, but has had little prior success?

You have to look at the other first basemen in baseball. ESPN.com ranked Duda as the fourth best offensive first baseman in the National League just a season ago. Duda has only had one really good season, but it seems as if he is now entering his prime. Another way to look at it is by claiming last year was a fluke and Duda is sure to disappoint this season.

I believe Duda is coming into himself and is bound to be a long-term first baseman for the Mets.

“The biggest thing with him is I think last year gave him so much confidence,” said Mets captain David Wright. "He can be a complete hitter. It's very easy to label someone as a player who can't hit lefties, but give him a chance and see what happens. He only gets more and more confident with more success."

Duda’s main value rests in his ability to hit homeruns. However, he’s often struggled against lefty pitchers. The good news is he’s been making strides to alleviate the issue. After Sunday’s game, Duda commented, “I am just trying to shorten up a bit and use the whole field.” He is a behemoth of a man, so power is naturally going to come to him. He needs to put the bat on the ball more and strikeout less. Duda should emulate his 2011 season in this respect in which he only struck out 57 times through 100 games.

If a deal is not reached by opening day, both sides will halt discussions and allow Duda to focus on the season.

“I would rather get it done before the season, just so we can concentrate on the season and focus on winning,” said Duda after Sunday’s victory over the Cardinals. METS COMMENTS SECTION


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With the MLB strictly enforcing its ban on illicit substances, the amount of homeruns hit each season continues to dwindle. So when a player hits 30 or more homeruns, hold on to him.

Mets first baseman, Lucas Duda, swatted 30 homers last season, ranking third in the National League only behind All-Stars Giancarlo Stanton and Anthony Rizzo.

Duda had a career 2014 season. He batted .253, hit 30 homeruns, and knocked in 92 RBIs. According to Fangraphs, this season was valued at over $17 million, which was much more than Duda’s $1,637,500 payday.

New York Post sportswriter Joel Sherman said the Mets and Duda have commenced discussions to buy out Duda’s arbitration years and extend his contract past 2017.

Duda commented the talks are in the very early stages.

This leaves the Mets in a bit of a pickle. Do they extend a player who’s coming off a career season, but has had little prior success?

You have to look at the other first basemen in baseball. ESPN.com ranked Duda as the fourth best offensive first baseman in the National League just a season ago. Duda has only had one really good season, but it seems as if he is now entering his prime. Another way to look at it is by claiming last year was a fluke and Duda is sure to disappoint this season.

I believe Duda is coming into himself and is bound to be a long-term first baseman for the Mets.

“The biggest thing with him is I think last year gave him so much confidence,” said Mets captain David Wright. \"He can be a complete hitter. It's very easy to label someone as a player who can't hit lefties, but give him a chance and see what happens. He only gets more and more confident with more success.\"

Duda’s main value rests in his ability to hit homeruns. However, he’s often struggled against lefty pitchers. The good news is he’s been making strides to alleviate the issue. After Sunday’s game, Duda commented, “I am just trying to shorten up a bit and use the whole field.” He is a behemoth of a man, so power is naturally going to come to him. He needs to put the bat on the ball more and strikeout less. Duda should emulate his 2011 season in this respect in which he only struck out 57 times through 100 games.

If a deal is not reached by opening day, both sides will halt discussions and allow Duda to focus on the season.

“I would rather get it done before the season, just so we can concentrate on the season and focus on winning,” said Duda after Sunday’s victory over the Cardinals. 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