Will the Mets commit to their first baseman every Duda Day?
Lucas Duda started 135 games for the Mets in 2015. His fielding, while not All-Star caliber, was adequate, and his bat was effective. In the past, he’s been considered an elite defender, and his bat was expected to be the sort that could carry a team. That didn’t happen in 2015, but it might be premature to bury that plan on the face of one less-than-stellar season. He’s still young, and he’s only a season removed from a breakout that caught a lot of attention. Duda ended the 2015 season with a 3.0 WAR, which – while not blowing the doors off of anyone’s expectations– is better than average. In other words, Duda has been solid at first, but with constant rumors of moves, and trades. No one seems excited about him, and you have to wonder if that’s affected his play.
It’s possible that if the team would solidify their commitment to him going forward, 2015 might prove a stepping stone to greatness. It’s difficult to play your best in the midst of constant rumors and insecurity. The Mets need to commit, or quit on Lucas Duda and solidify their future at first.