Lucas Duda has 15 doubles this season, an impressive mark when you consider he’s played about 20 fewer games than most first basemen. He is tied for 10th in that category and he’s also hit 13 homers. Duda epitomizes an average defender at first (defensive WAR of -0.1 this season). Whoever is in the market for Duda will be buying for his power. When healthy, he can club homers in bunches and he’s had a 30-home run season in his career.
The biggest team linked to Duda will be the Yankees. There haven’t been a lot of deals that have involved big name players between the two New York teams. So relatively speaking, this might be one of the bigger deals in that aspect.
What would the Mets get back? Perhaps Luis Cessa or Chad Green could be players to target. A prospect would most likely be added into the fold and those can be tougher to predict. The Yankees do have a strong farm system to pick from and the Mets certainly need to help not only the present but the future over the next month.
Duda’s trade value might improve slightly considering the Yankees are a contender looking to fill a gap at first base. He won’t bring a major haul back, but the Yankees have been without Greg Bird. Chris Carter was recently designated for assignment.