Lucas Duda could get work in the outfield in 2014, according to Sandy Alderson (Rubin, Jan. 20).
“As of today, I would expect Lucas to get some time in the outfield, but that will be decided just before spring training,” Alderson said.
Duda played in 58 games in the outfield in 2013 and posted a UZR of -12 with -11 defensive runs saved.
He did not play in the outfield once he returned from Triple-A Las Vegas in August.
Michael Baron, Contributor
Duda isn’t an outfielder. I’m not entirely sure he can even be a serviceable first baseman, either. Duda said last season he simply wasn’t comfortable anywhere other than first base, so I’m not sure what can be gained by sending him out there again. As such, if Ike Davis wins the first base job at the end of Spring Training, the logical conclusion should be send Duda to Triple-A (he still has one option remaining) or to another club in trade.