Though it seemed unclear whether the Mets would give Lucas Duda a new contract, it seems they are likely to do so, according to Today’s Knuckleball’s Jon Heyman.
Duda, 30, made just less than $7 million last season and is arbitration eligible this winter. His versatility—Duda can play both in the outfield and at first base—has helped the Mets remain competitive of late, though he did have a down year as a result of injuries.
Over 47 games this season, Duda batted .229/.302/.412 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs. However, in 2015, he hit 27 home runs and drove in 73 runs.
While Duda is expected to receive a new contract, starter Bartolo Colon’s future with the Mets is uncertain, according to Heyman. The Mets already have Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz in their rotation, but Heyman notes they have interest in re-signing Colon.
Colon has proven to be a valuable member of New York’s starting rotation since he was signed in 2014, but 2016 was his best season with the club. Over 191.2 innings, he pitched to a 3.43 ERA and 3.99 FIP.
Colon made $7.25 million this season and will likely see that figure increase next year as a result of his success. The Mets might not have the payroll flexibility necessary to sign Colon, though he has emerged as a favorite in New York and could receive a one or two-year deal.