Lucas Duda had anxiety in OF, now comfortable at 1B
Lucas Duda is hitting .295 with an .853 OPS when he plays first base. When playing in the outfield, he is hitting .242 and has a .740 OPS.
“I’m more comfortable at first base,” Duda said, according to the Star-Ledger, which takes a closer look at the audition taking place on the team’s infield. “I had a little bit of anxiety in the outfield. But nothing’s changed. I’m still the same guy.”
Last week, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports said the Mets are unlikely to pursue a first baseman this winter, since they believe they can get by with one of, or a platoon of, Duda, Ike Davis and/or Josh Satin.
Similarly, in a recent report for ESPN New York, Adam Rubin said the Mets are unlikely to non-tender Davis after the season, even though he is likely to earn $4-to-5 million in salary arbitration this winter.
“That will leave shortstop and the outfield corners as the main areas for import,” Heyman concludes.