The New York Mets and Lucas Duda have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.25 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Last season, Duda made $6.75 million with the Mets.
Due to a stress fracture in his lower back, Duda only managed to play in 47 games for New York in the 2016 season. He has a career .792 OPS and 108 home runs in 685 games.
Last season, he slashed .299/.302/.412, along with seven home runs and 23 runs batted in, in 153 at-bats. Back in the 2015 season, Duda helped lead the Mets to a World Series appearance, but New York dropped the series to the Kansas City Royals.
The first baseman and outfielder has been with the Mets since being drafted by the team in the 7th round of the 2007 MLB Draft.
Along with Duda, the Mets have reache an agreement with Zack Wheeler. Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Travis d'Arnaud, Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia, Wilmer Flores, and Josh Edgin are also eligible for arbitration. Duda is due to become a free agent at the end of the season. New York will hope for Duda to improve in health and results during the 2017 season.
Mets sign Adam Wilk
The Mets have also signed left-handed pitcher Adam Wilk to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. The 29-year-old boasted a 3.61 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and a 75-to-13 strikeout-to-walk ration in 87 and 1/3 innings last season for Triple-A Durham, an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.null