Joel Sherman, baseball columnist for the New York Post, tweeted the following, confirming the signing.
#Mets avoid arbitration with Lucas Duda. He gets $1.6375M.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January 22, 2014
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Duda was asking for $1.9 million and was offered $1.35 from the Mets when arbitration numbers were exchanged last Friday. The two avoided arbitration by meeting in the middle. With Ike Davis coming up in trade rumors and likely to be moved, Luca projects to be a backup outfielder and first baseman, as well as a left-handed bat off the bench.
Duda was drafted by the New York Mets in the 7th round of the 2007 amateur draft. He made his Major League debut with the Mets on September 1, 2010. Duda batted .292 with ten home runs and 50 RBI. Last season, he batted .223 with 15 home runs and 33 RBI, in 318 at bats.