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John Mayberry Jr. can be undervalued signing of offseason

The New York Mets agreed to terms with John Mayberry Jr. on a one-year, $1.45 million contract on Thursday, per CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. Mayberry will primarily be used as a right-handed compliment to Lucas Duda, but has outfield experience as well. His addition likely means incumbents Eric Campbell and Matt den Dekker will battle for a bench spot, with Campbell looking like the...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Duda Represented The Mets Well In Japan

The legend of Lucas Duda had already reached Japan by the time the Mets first baseman touched down in Kansai International Airport, but the journey ahead of him would certainly be special.  The Hulk had himself a trip overseas, playing as a member of MLB’s All-Star team and also enjoying time off the field with his father, David Duda. In an era where sports players are viewed...
Via Mets Merized Online
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Lucas Duda Is Willing To Platoon At First Base

While Lucas Duda applauded the addition of Michael Cuddyer, he understands that he could lose playing time to him against lefthanded pitching. And despite struggling against lefties in the last two seasons, batting just .180 off them in 2014, Duda believes he can still be proficient against southpaws. That said, Duda, who is coming off a breakthrough season, is perfectly fine if...
Via Mets Merized Online
13 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets trade rumors: Xander Bogaerts edition

Recent free agent signings by the Boston Red Sox have caused a shake up in some offseason predictions for the New York Mets. The Sox have reportedly signed both Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. This appears to completely rework the left side of the infield, as Sandoval plays third base and Ramirez, despite diminished defense in recent years, is still listed as a shortstop. This...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets 2015 preview: moving the fences in now makes no sense

This winter, the dimensions at Citi Field are once again being shortened, now to further mimic those of Shea Stadium.  In 2011, the high left field wall was cut down, and the left and right field fences were moved in.  This time, the big changes are coming in center and right-center field.  For those who don’t know or haven’t been to Citi Field, the right-center field fence...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Platooning Lucas Duda Isn’t A Bad Thing

First off, I am a huge fan of Lucas Duda.  When considering the question about platooning Duda, I have to ask myself a different question: Do the Mets have a better chance of winning with Duda in the lineup against left-handed pitching? As much as I want to see him get as many at-bats as possible, the answer to that question is still an overwhelming, NO.  Even if Duda becomes...
Via Mets Merized Online
November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Mets free agent projections: position players

This is the final part of my offseason projections for the New York Mets. Read my analysis of the starters and the bullpen to get the full picture. The position players, home of the biggest question marks that Sandy Alderson will need to address this offseason. I’m going to go position by position to analyze every aspect of the team’s needs. First the infield: First Base This...
November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Lucas Duda the right fit at first base?

As it seems Lucas Duda proved his worth, at least for the time being in the eyes of the Mets management and fanbase, this season by putting up 30 homers, albeit hitting poorly against lefties. He hit well against righties with a slash line of .273/.372/.543, but against lefties he only managed to have a slash line of .180/.264/.252. Duda had significantly more at-bats against...
October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Mets: reevaluating Travis d’Arnaud

The New York Mets scored 14 runs last night (!!) so it’s probably a good day to reflect on some offensive production. Specifically, it’s a good time to reevaluate Travis d’Arnaud. d’Arnaud’s struggles early in the season were very well documented and he certainly deserved the demotion he received. But he’s been a completely different player since he’s returned. A batting...
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

The pros and cons of trading Lucas Duda

As the trade deadline draws uncomfortably close, the question looms whether or not the Mets will be buyers or sellers. Mets GM Sandy Alderson has been on record as saying the next ten games will decide the team’s fate. While there have been rumors abounding that link the Mets to trading veterans like Bartolo Colon and even All Star Daniel Murphy at one point, there is one player...
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

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