Duda, who turns 28 in February, had a triple slash of .223/.352/.415 for the Mets last season. In 384 plate appearances spanning 100 games, he had 15 home runs, 33 RBI’s, and 42 runs scored.
With the signing of Duda, the Mets have come to terms with all seven of their arbitration eligible players.
Sandy Alderson noted earlier this week that it’s conceivable Duda will see some time in the outfield in 2014 (at least during spring training). That simply shouldn’t be something that’s on the table.
The Mets have both Duda and Ike Davis on the roster, but all signs point to Davis being the starting first baseman in the event he isn’t traded. If that’s the case, there are two options that should be on the table regarding Duda. One is sending him to Triple-A Las Vegas (he has an option remaining). Another is finding a trade partner.
Having both Duda and Davis on the roster would be counterproductive. It would mean that whichever player isn’t starting is strictly a pinch hitter/late inning replacement – something that would weaken the bench and negatively impact in-game maneuverability.