Earlier during the offseason, Alderson intimated that one of Duda or Davis would likely be in Triple-A Las Vegas at the start of the season, but he has reversed course.
It’s expected that Ike Davis will be the starting first baseman from the outset, meaning that Duda will likely serve as a pinch-hitter/late inning replacement at first base on occasion.
There is some thought that Duda being on the team with Davis means that Duda is the fifth outfielder. While that may technically turn out to be the case, it would be both surprising and foolish if Duda appeared in the outfield under any circumstances that weren’t injury related.
For one, Duda’s outfield defense is poor.
What will likely have a bigger impact than Duda’s poor outfield defense, is the fact that the Mets will likely be spreading the outfield at bats between Curtis Granderson, Chris Young, Juan Lagares, and Eric Young, Jr.