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Lucas Duda asking for $1.9 million through arbitration

Lucas Duda has asked for $1.9 million through arbitration, and the Mets countered with $1.35 million (Rubin).

If the two sides cannot agree to terms, they will go before an arbitrator in St. Petersburg, Florida in February.

Duda hit .223 with 15 home runs and 42 RBI in 384 plate appearances for the Mets in 2013. He is in his first year of arbitration eligibility – he earned $519,240 in 2013.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, Duda is projected to earn $1.8 million through arbitration in 2014.

54 comments
dan cardoza
dan cardoza

Duda had half the at bats that Murphy did last year. If you double Duda's ab's he would have had 30 Hr's and over 30 doubles.. But also had an OBP close to 400! That's an off year for Duda. Imagine what he could do when he's having a good year. If u look harder at the stats you can see why he is definitely worth 1.9 million!

RockMarz
RockMarz

I think he's worth 7 mil a year..one of the best solo hr specialists.

Damon Evans
Damon Evans

He deserves more. He had better numbers than some of the players who got more money.

Michael Zvirblis
Michael Zvirblis

A dud who wants us to pay more for our hot dogs and suds.

chasesimms
chasesimms

Here's a crazy idea..... Just let Duda leave.  Sign with another team.   Nothing good can come from having Duda on the Mets. 

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

If I was Duda, I would accept any amount the Mets offer. . .

zoddie
zoddie

Dear haters,


I'll give a free coke to the person who can identify the very "unclutch" player that posted this batting line with runners in scoring position:

.145/.343/.197 (102 Plate Appearances)


And the clutch player who hit this way with RISP:

.274/.398/.453 (133 Plate Appearances)


Thank you.

Anthony Testa
Anthony Testa

This stiff should be paying the mets to take hin back

ponzies86
ponzies86

I wouldnt sign Duda for free 

Chris Tario
Chris Tario

Hey I have some food for thought for those who are Duda haters. While I am not in love for him, do you think that some of his struggles were mental? It is well documented that he lacks some self confidence and playing in the OF the last two years certainly did not help. If he gets moved to 1B, do you think he will hit better because he won't have to worry about being out in the field?

What I am essentially saying is that he may have bought the anxiety he had in the field when he came to bat and maybe putting him at 1B will help calm him down and be able to hit better.

MMIAA
MMIAA

Marvin Miller was a genius really...........................?

rico
rico

one fantasy is to have one of these arbitrators just start laughing and say…"i'm a mets fan, they offered you a million 3…you get $35K a year until you hit your weight"


if only?

Frank Tangorra
Frank Tangorra

Yes these dollar figures are peanuts in the baseball world. Duda was terrible in driving in runs with men on. I don't understand bringing back both Davis and Duda. Both obviously have zero trade interest from other teams. If Dominic Smith has a good year and the Mets see him coming up within two years both Duda and Davis have no future here and after the '14 season they are both gone it makes no sense to go to arbitration with either one of them.

Eric Koeller
Eric Koeller

Yea know, I'm not a fan of Duda, Davis or Tejada either, but some of you guys are just getting annoying

Marky Mark
Marky Mark

Mets would win this arbitration hearing.. The only stance they need.. "you hit 15 homeruns and had 33 RBI's"

nolrog
nolrog

Wow, 1.9 million.  Hard to believe.

Bud Britton
Bud Britton

@dan cardozacrap logic, expose Duda to a full season of lefties and his numbers look like a toilet bowl after a rough night of boozing.

zoddie
zoddie

Except if he's the third best hitter on the team, like he was last year (second best if you don't count Byrd, who was traded).

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

@zoddie Dud I mean Duda batted 174 and the 2d baseman utility player they let go, forgot his name already hit 274

slainte2
slainte2

i love it ... the unclutch bum was 2013 Duda and the clutch stud was 2012 Duda. 100% excellent point on small sample size, one year trend doesn't define career.

Duda is a flawed player but has talents that can help team if used right... useful platoon player, and worth money.

i wonder if stumbling block is over split contract if they send him down vs. fully guaranteed contract.

slainte2
slainte2

whats the answer?

i know cincy fans were all over joey votto for same thing as duda last year, clutch hitting w risp ...

Andrew Wharton
Andrew Wharton

@Chris Tario He hit worse as a 1B last season. To get production out of Duda, you need to do two things:


1) Let him take pitches. It drives people nuts that he's too patient, but he has a career OPS of .822 after taking the first pitch.


2) Play him against RHP. He's got a career OPS of .812 against RHP, as opposed to .643 against LHP. 


He can be a part of the formula, but you need production from the other variables. 

Snake Doctor
Snake Doctor

@eric88Wait...so the lack of money is keeping Flores from being at 1B? You know Flores would make min wage, right? Now what is Ike Davis going to make? Try that narrative again. It has nothing to do with money that's keeping Flores off 1B. It's really Flores's inability to play any position that's keeping Flores off his anything.

zoddie
zoddie

@Frank TangorraNo way Dom Smith is here in two years.  He just played in the Rookie League.  Above him still to play are the Cyclones, the Savannah Sand Gnats, the St. Lucie Mets, the Binghamton Mets, and the Buffalo Bisons.  Even if he skips a level, it'll take more than 2 years.


Also, how would you like a player that hits this way with runners in scoring position -- .274/.398/.453?

yankeehater
yankeehater

@Frank Tangorra I doubt we even remember the names of these 2 guys by 2016. BUT, somebody has to play 1st until Smith is ready. I have no faith in Duda ever becoming legit, but there is still a slight chance that Ike can be what he once was. Ike is the x-factor here...he'll probably fail, but he does have the ability.

Snake Doctor
Snake Doctor

@Marky MarkAnd Duda brings up his 2011 numbers and his numbers when he was playing 1B. And given how players usually win arbitration and how the Mets really don't have anything else to say but what you said, Duda wins.

dreamer3kx
dreamer3kx

@eric88  "and plays with zero intensity"


This isn't football man but yea he's not very good.

Andrew Wharton
Andrew Wharton

@nolrog Considering backup players are getting 1-1.5 mil, it makes sense. In the grand scheme, I don't mind it as long as we're using him in a platoon. Despite his weaknesses, he's still a .255/.356/.456 hitter in over 900 career PA against RHP. If Satin can emerge as a guy who hits LHP to a similar tune, I'll live with those two at 1B temporarily. 

Anthony Testa
Anthony Testa

Save the class envy its old an boring and wrong

Snake Doctor
Snake Doctor

@Joanie Yan Absolutely ridiculous and has no relevance to anything. Please bring your silly "Tale of Two Cities" crap to a place where people can care. Try to understand this is an entertainment industry. Your narrative doesn't work here. Go cry to the Greens or something.

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

@Joanie YanBaseball is actually one of the few professions where the players (employees) are paid accordingly.

zoddie
zoddie

@Daniel GaffneyThese are his RISP numbers - .274/.398/.453.  That's very, very good.


Oh, were you not talking about his 2012 numbers?  Do those not count?

zoddie
zoddie

Slainte2, I owe you a coke!

People, let this be a lesson: clutch hitting is almost never a skill.

dukewillie
dukewillie

@Brian Daley @ponzies86I wonder what Duda's fragile ego is going to be like if he goes to arbitration against the Mets, and they beat the snot out of his performance (or lack thereof) these last two years? Geez...

dukewillie
dukewillie

@Brian Daley @ponzies86 I wonder about Duda going to arbitration against the Mets. If we think he has a fragile ego, what's it going to be like after the Mets beat the snot out of his performance (lack of performance) these last two years during the arbitration hearing?  Geez...

Andrew Wharton
Andrew Wharton

@Snake Doctor @Marky Mark He hit .219/.371/.371 as a 1B, compared to .236/.346/.453 as a LF. 


But because the difference is less than a million, the player will probably win. These hearings almost never go in favor of the team.

Joanie Yan
Joanie Yan

@nymetsrule A player that spent half the season in the minors should be happy doubling his salary to over a million dollars. Instead he wants close to 2 mil - how is that being paid accordingly? 

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

No, sir... (I was hoping someone would get that reference instead of me getting kicked off the blog for a threat)

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

@Joanie Yan@nymetsruleHe is asking for it, he isn't going to get it I don't think. Either the money goes into the pockets of the owners or to the players...What provides you with more entertainment?

zoddie
zoddie

Because every owner is making hundreds of millions of dollars. Who should our money go to? The owners or the players?

And if you are one of the 750 best at your job ON THE ENTIRE PLANET, yeah, you're going to get paid.