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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mets sign Lucas Duda to one-year contract

By on 1/22/2014 07:00:00 PM

The New York Mets currently have nine outfielders on their 40-man roster. One of those is left-handed hitting Lucas Duda, who signed a contract with the Mets, agreeing to a $1.6375 million contract for one season.

Joel Sherman, baseball columnist for the New York Post, tweeted the following, confirming the signing.

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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.


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