Mets, Lucas Duda end contract discussions

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M BaronThe Mets and the agents for Lucas Duda had been in discussions over a long-term contract over the course of spring training.

However, Duda’s agent, Dan Horwits, told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York on Sunday the two sides will be unable to come to terms on a new contract before Opening Day, the deadline Duda and his agent set for a new deal to be agreed upon.

“No agreement was reached, so talks have concluded and Lucas will focus on the upcoming season,” Horwits told Rubin.

On Saturday, Rubin reported the two sides were still engaged in negotiations, but a deal had still not yet been struck.

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This is a double-edged sword for both parties.

The Mets could (and maybe should) wait to see how Duda performs in 2015 and see if last season was a building block or a fluke. On the other hand, it might be prudent for the Mets to lock up a power hitter at a potential discount, considering this is an era in the game starved of big home run power.

For Duda, he risks taking below-market money in the future years of a contract in order to gain financial and job security. If he waits, he could position himself for more money if he continues to perform, although if he doesn’t perform, he could end up in a pretty difficult position in the near-term.

Duda, 29, will earn $4.2 million in 2015, his second year of arbitration eligibility. He is under team control through 2017, after which he can become a free agent. He hit .253 with a .349 OBP and .481 SLG with 30 home runs and 92 RBI in 596 plate appearances in 2014.

Original post, 10:55 AM, updated 2:45 PM.

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