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21 Lucas Duda 1B
Height/Weight: 6-4/256 | Birthdate: 2/3/1986 | Birthplace: Riverside, CA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: New York | College: None | MLB Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 97/88 | Average Draft Position: 151.43
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Mets 1B Lucas Duda does well against Braves ace Teheran


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda heads into Thursday's matchup against the Braves batting .364 (16 for 44) with one home run, seven doubles and seven RBI in his last 11 games. His good fortune might continue Thursday, even with Braves ace Julio Teheran on the mound.

Duda is batting .350 (7 for 20) with two doubles, two home runs and three RBI in his career against Teheran. He is also batting .293 with a .476 slugging percentage, nine home runs, 14 doubles and 27 RBI in 67 career games against Atlanta.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda proving to be late bloomer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Greatness is generally achieved at a younger age than 29 by players that have it within them. But Mets emerging standout Lucas Duda isn't about to complain that he's just now reaching a very high peak.

Duda is off to a blistering start with a .347/.396/.551 slash line and eight RBI in 13 games. He is making more consistent contact for a team that has been the surprise of baseball in 2015.

"He is on the verge of absolute stardom, right on the cusp," Mets hitting coach Kevin Long told the New York Post. "He has strength and size and ability and aptitude and work ethic. He is hitting lefties and he is going to keep hitting lefties. I think he is close to having no deficiencies."

Duda is 5 for 9 against left-handers this season.


Still a significant gap in contract talks between Mets, Lucas Duda


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) There is still a significant gap in contract discussions between the Mets and Lucas Duda, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Duda is taking a new approach at the plate, which has paid dividends early this season. He has racked up three straight games with multiple extra-base hits, including his first home run of the season Wednesday. Duda is batting .395 (15 for 38) with six doubles, one home run and eight RBI through 10 games.

"We're 10 games in," Duda said, downplaying his fast start, per Newsday. "So, let's not get too carried away with what's going on."


Mets' Lucas Duda doubles twice in three-hit game Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 3 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI in his team's 7-5 win over the Marlins Thursday.

Duda has been hot this week, racking up three straight games with multiple extra-base hits, including his first home run of the season Wednesday. In addition to his two doubles, Duda delivered the go-ahead RBI single in a tie game.

"His whole demeanor when you watch him now, he's just calm," Collins said after the game, per MLB.com. "He's the guy that wants to be in that spot. He's taken it on as a big challenge to show he belongs here. He's absolutely revved up to show me he should play against left-handed pitching, and I think that's great."

He has hit .395/.439/.632 with eight RBI in 38 at-bats over 10 games.


New approach paying off for Mets 1B Lucas Duda


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda's new hit-to-all fields approach is paying early dividends in 2015. He is batting .353 (12 for 34) with one home run, four doubles and seven RBI in nine games.

“I do believe Lucas’ makeup has changed in the last couple of years,” manager Terry Collins said, per the New York Post. “He knows that he belongs here and he can hit [for] big numbers here. What we’ve got to get him to do is stay confident, stay upbeat and get some guys on ahead of him.”

One area Duda has made strides is batting against lefties. After hitting .180 against lefties in 2014, he is already 3 for 7 (.429) against southpaws to start 2015.

“With Lucas, it’s mainly just getting his direction,” hitting coach Kevin Long said. “I’m throwing a lot of [batting practice] to him, creating a lot of different angles, and I think at the end of the day he’s more comfortable.”


Mets 3B Lucas Duda goes 3 for 5 in win over Braves


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Mets third baseman Lucas Duda got three hits in his five at-bats in Sunday's 4-3 sin over the Braves. Duda scored a run and struck out once. Duda's three singles came during the first, fifth and ninth innings. 

Duda now holds a batting average of .381 through the first week of the MLB season. 


John Mayberry in lineup for Mets against left-hander


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) John Mayberry is in the Mets' starting lineup on Friday, against Braves LHP Eric Stults. 

Mayberry will bat third and play left field. Michael Cuddyer, who has started in left in the first three games of the season, will move to first base. First baseman Lucas Duda is on the bench. 

Mayberry is four for eight with three doubles in his career against Stults. 


Mets 1B Lucas Duda to sit one of two games against Braves


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins said that first baseman Lucas Duda will sit out one of the next two games against the Braves on Friday and Saturday, reports ESPN. The Braves are sending out left-handers Eric Stults and Alex Wood on those days.

Duda struggled last season against lefties, posting a batting average of .180 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 111 at-bats.

Duda finished this spring with a batting average of .236 with three homers and 11 RBI in 55 plate appearances.


Mets first baseman Lucas Duda picks up two RBI in win Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 2 for 4 with two RBI in New York's 3-1 win over the Nationals Monday. 

Duda did his damage in the sixth inning, breaking up pitcher Max Scherzer's no-hit bid with a single to right field, scoring bot Curtis Granderson and David Wright to give them a 2-1 lead.


Mets unable to reach agreement with Lucas Duda


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) The Mets were unable to come to an agreement with first baseman Lucas Duda on a multiyear contract, reports CBSSports.com's Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Despite not reaching an agreement, Duda said he was not disappointed in the negotiations, reports ESPNNewYork.com.

"There’s really no disappointment," Duda said. "I’m actually very fortunate to be put in that position, and very thankful, too. The two sides couldn’t come to an agreement. It is what it is."

The two sides had previously agreed that if no contract extension could be reached by Opening Day, they would not discuss an extension during the season. Duda remains under the team's control through the 2017 season.


Report: Mets, Lucas Duda end extension talks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Mets and first baseman Lucas Duda have broken off discussions of a multiyear contract extension, ESPN New York reports.

The sides previously agreed that they would shelve contract talks if no deal was agreed upon by Opening Day. Duda is set to make $4.2 million in 2015 and is under team control through the 2017 season.


Mets, Lucas Duda still working on contract extension before opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) The Mets and first baseman Lucas Duda aren't close to a contract extension at the moment, but they're hoping there's still time to reach an agreement before Opening Day, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Thursday.

Duda's agent, Dan Horwits, previously said that discussions between both parties will be tabled until the offseason if they can't agree to terms on a contract extension before the opener. Duda hit .253/.349/.481 with a career-high 30 home runs and 92 RBI in 514 at-bats last season.

"There will be resolution by Monday, one way or the other," Alderson said, per ESPN.


Mets' Duda connects for HR, totals five RBI in spring game Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is in negotiations with the team regarding a multiyear contract, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirmed Monday. Well, Duda showed Monday against the Marlins why he is deserving of a new deal.

Duda totaled five RBI in a 7-1 win against the Marlins. He hit a two-run homer off Dan Haren in the fourth inning and a three-run double off Haren in the sixth inning. Duda is batting .262 (11 for 42) with three home runs and 10 RBI in 13 spring games.

“I’m feeling good at the plate,” Duda said, per ESPN. “I feel like my timing is getting back a little bit. Hopefully it’ll carry into the season. As far as the injury goes, I was kind of set back a little bit. But it feels great right now. My body feels great, and I’m excited for the season.”


Report: Mets, Lucas Duda discussing long-term extension


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) The Mets are reportedly looking to lock up first baseman Lucas Duda for a long time, according to the New York Post.

Discussions are considered preliminary and still in the works. If a deal is not reached before Opening Day, Duda's agent, Dan Horwits, said discussions will be tabled until the offseason. Duda posted a career season in 2014, with highs in home runs (30), RBI (92) and hits (130).


Mets' Lucas Duda in line to play 1B against lefties


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/22/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that first baseman Lucas Duda will be his starting first baseman against left-handed pitching until proven otherwise, per The Wall Street Journal.

Duda hit .180 with two homers in 111 at-bats against lefties in 2014, but told ESPN that the narrative of him struggling against left-handers was "overplayed" and "monotonous."

Duda hit a home run Sunday off Yankess lefty CC Sabathia in the Mets' 6-0 victory. 


Mets first baseman Lucas Duda progressing well in camp


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is showing some improvements after going 1 for 3 in Saturday's game. Manager Terry Collins likes what he's seen from Duda so far, reports NJ.com.

"He doesn't have very many at-bats period, so I'm cutting him a little slack," Collins said. "I actually was going to have him DH over in the minor league camp to get a bunch of at bats today, but he came to me and said he wanted to face [David] Price."


Mets' Lucas Duda (oblique) starting at first base Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (oblique) will take the field for the first time this spring Sunday against the Rays.

Duda went 1 for 4 as the designated hitter in his return to the lineup Saturday but will play first base Sunday and bat third. He's been behind this spring due to a strained oblique muscle.


Lucas Duda to DH for Mets on Saturday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Lucas Duda, recovering from an strained intercostal muscle, hasn't played in a game yet this spring. 

The initial plan was for Duda to return to the Mets lineup on Sunday. Accoding to ESPN's Adam Rubin, he'll start a day early, appearing as a designated hitter in Saturday's game. 


Mets' Lucas Duda likely to make spring debut Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda remains on track to make his Grapefruit League debut Sunday after coming out of Thursday's minor-league intrasquad game feeling "great," MLB.com reports.

"I swung and missed a couple times," Duda said after Thursday's outing. "Obviously that's going to happen during the season, so I've got to get used to that as well. Physically, it feels good."

Before Thursday, Duda had been limited to work in the batting cage. He has been recovering from an oblique injury.


Mets' Lucas Duda plays in simulated game


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/12/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda took part in a simulated game Thursday as he works his way back from an oblique injury, according to Newsday.

Duda said that he felt well after the contest but that he did not know what his schedule was moving forward. 


Mets 1B Lucas Duda (oblique) expected to play this weekend


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda, who has been sidelined by an oblique injury, is expected to play in Sunday's spring game against the Rays, per ESPN. Duda has yet to appear in a spring game.

Mets' Lucas Duda feels good after batting practice Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda took 40 swings in batting practice Monday and said he felt good, MLB.com reports.

"We'll see how it goes, we'll see how it progresses," Duda said. "But it feels great, so that's good news."

Duda is recovering from an intercostal strain, and manager Terry Collins expects the first baseman to see his first game action Friday. He hit .253/.349/.481 with a career-high 30 home runs and 92 RBI in 514 at-bats last season.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda set to return next week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters that first baseman Lucas Duda (oblique) will take batting practice on Mondau and will likely see his first game action on Friday, according to ESPN. Duda was unable to take batting practice Friday, but instead, he was limited to front toss and tee work, per Newsday.

Mets 1B Lucas Duda scheduled to swing a bat on Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is scheduled to swing a bat on Wednesday for the first time in roughly three weeks, according to ESPN. Duda hasn't been able to pick up a bat since suffering an oblique injury in mid-February and receiving a cortisone shot last month.

Duda registered a .830 OPS with a career-best 30 home runs and 92 RBI in 153 games in 2014.


Mets first baseman Lucas Duda could take swings this week


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda may be able to take some swings this week after being held out of batting practice for the first week of camp with an oblique injury, reports MLB.com.

Duda hasn't been able to pick up a bat since suffering the injury in mid-February.

"I told him to be patient," manager Terry Collins said on Sunday. "Hopefully by this particular time next week, maybe he's taking BP."