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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: 5 | Owned/Started%: 94/83 | Average Draft Position: 154.30
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Report: Mets, Lucas Duda discussing long-term extension


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:22 pm ET) 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."


Mets 1B Lucas Duda (oblique) not ready to swing a bat


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda, who is dealing with a left oblique injury, will not swing a bat Thursday, but he will go through the team's first full-squad workout, per ESPN. 

Manager Terry Collins said Duda will not swing for at least a week. He has done fielding drills all week. 


Mets OF Lucas Duda won't swing for 2-3 days due to oblique issue


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Mets outfielder Lucas Duda is dealing with a mild oblique issue, according to ESPN New York. Duda took part in fielding drills with the Mets on Tuesday, but is not expected to swing for two to three days.

Duda told reporters his overactive offseason -- which included a two-week trip to Japan for exhibition games -- is to blame.

"He's working his butt off and stuff happens," Collins said, per the New York Post. "I came out here on a Sunday a month ago and he was hitting in the cage."

Duda hit a career-best 30 home runs and drove in a career-high 90 runs in 2014, while batting .253 with a .481 slugging percentage and .830 OPS in 153 games.


Mets' Duda on '14 campaign: 'By no means was that a career year'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) Mets outfielder Lucas Duda crushed a career-best 30 home runs and totaled a career-high 90 RBI in 2014, while batting .253 with a .481 slugging percentage and .830 OPS in 153 games.

It was arguably the best year of his MLB career. However, just don't get Duda catching you calling it a career year. He will not be happy.

“By no means was that a career year. I know it’s not a career year,” he said, per the New York Post. “That was last year, it already happened. This year is all about winning and getting better.’’

Duda said without hesitation that he could "absolutely" repeat the success he had in 2014. Although, he knows there are areas he can improve.

“I have to do better at hitting lefties, and I’m going to and I will,’’ Duda said. “It’s not really an issue, I think it’s a process more than an issue. It needs to get better and it will get better.’’


Mets 1B Lucas Duda agrees to $4.2M salary for 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $4.2 million salary for 2015, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Duda reportedly filed for $4.7 million, while the Mets offered $3.75 million.

Duda played in a career-high 153 games in 2014, batting .253 with 27 doubles, 30 home runs, 74 runs and 92 RBI.


Report: Mets' Lucas Duda files for $4.7 million in arbitration


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda has filed for $4.7 million in arbitration, while the team has offered $3.75 million, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

Duda is in his first year of arbitration eligibility this offseason. He hit .253/.349/.481 with 30 home runs and 92 RBI in 514 at-bats in 2014.


Mets lock up Dillon Gee, Ruben Tejada before arbitration deadline


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Mets reached a settlement with starting pitcher Dillon Gee and shortstop Ruben Tejada prior to Friday's arbitration deadline, reports ESPN. Gee agreed to a one-year deal, worth $5.3 million, while Tejada settled for $1.88 million.

Jenrry Mejia and Lucas Duda did not reach an agreement before the 1 p.m. deadline.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda has 'confidence' he can hit southpaws


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda hit just .180 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 111 at-bats against left-handed pitchers in 2014.

Manager Terry Collins indicated Duda became a pull-oriented hitter last season and was hurt not using all fields against lefties. Duda didn't seem to disagree when speaking with reporters Thursday.

"I think that I did get a bit too much thinking to the right side of the field," Duda said, per ESPN. "That’s an adjustment I have to make during the season, or even before the season starts. And I think I will. I have confidence in myself."

Michael Cuddyer, who signed a two-year deal in November, could be a fallback option at first base for the Mets, if Duda continues to struggle against southpaws.

"Acquiring Michael Cuddyer is huge for us -- a veteran presence and a guy with his track record," Duda said. "As far as the lefties go, I feel like in the past I’ve hit lefties a little bit better than I’ve shown. … But if he has to spell me at first base versus lefties, whatever is good for the team, whatever is going to help us win, I’m all for. I’ll come off the bench or come in late in the game or whatever it is. Anything to help us win. That’s our main goal. We’ve got to accomplish it this year."


Mets tender contracts to six of seven arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Mets have tendered contracts to six of seven arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline, according to the Star-Ledger. Those players include: Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda, Dillon Gee, Jenrry Mejia and Bobby Parnell.

Mets hitting coach working on strategy to help Lucas Duda vs. LHPs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) New Mets hitting coach Kevin Long said Wednesday he feels throwing left-handed will help left-handed hitters like Lucas Duda improve against lefties, according to ESPN. Duda hit .180 against lefties in 2014 and is batting .212 against them in his MLB career.

"I'll move over a little bit more so that it makes it more difficult to pick up my arm slot," Long said. "... That should help Lucas, getting to face me a number of times. I know Curtis (Granderson), every time we faced a lefty, and even when we didn't, would take batting practice off me. All of my flips in the cages are left-handed. Obviously the more that you face a lefty, the more comfortable you should become and be."


Lucas Duda swats walkoff shot Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda launched a walkoff home run Saturday night, lifting his team to a 2-1 victory over the Astros at Citi Field.

Down one run with two outs in the ninth, Duda took Tony Sipp yard for a two run home run to end the game. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI. He is hitting .251/.348/.473 with 29 homers and 88 RBI over 510 at-bats.


Lucas Duda getting night off with Colorado in town


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is set to sit Wednesday night against the Rockies. Eric Campbell has been penciled in to play that spot.

Duda has slumped off considerably after a strong run. He is 8 for 51 since Aug. 26 and has not managed a multi-hit game in more than two weeks.


Lucas Duda reached four times in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Mets outfielder Lucas Duda reached base four times despite having just one hit Friday, in a 14-5 win over the Reds.

Duda walked three times while going 1 for 3, with his lone hit driving in two runs on a home run. He also drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the second inning, as he finished with three RBI and two runs scored.

Duda has five walks in his last three games, including at least one in each, after snapping a 10-game skid without one. He is hitting .251/.346/.484 with 27 home runs and 80 RBI in 442 at-bats overall. 


Lucas Duda goes deep twice vs. Dodgers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda made his presence felt with a monster performance at the dish Sunday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Duda launched a three-run blast in the third inning off Kevin Correia. He singled in a run in the seventh and went deep for a solo home run in the ninth. He finished 3 for 5 with two runs scored and five RBI in an 11-3 victory. He owns a .260/.355/.507 slash line with 26 homers and 76 RBI over 404 at-bats.