Sandy Alderson wasn’t kidding when he said he didn’t consider Lucas Duda part of the team’s “core” for the future; done with his rehab assignment, the Mets decided to option Duda to the minors Wednesday instead of putting him back on the big league roster.
And with good reason — Duda hit just .156 with one home run and six RBIs in 45 at bats during his rehab. Duda was hitting .235 with 11 home runs and 23 RBIs before landing on the DL with an intercostal strain on June 22.
It appears the Mets have finally learned that for all of his power, Lucas Duda will never be a quality major league player, at least not in the outfield. He is a butcher out there. Perhaps if he moves to first or to DH he would not take his poor fielding to the plate with him, which a player of Duda’s delicate psyche is apt to do.
Lucas Duda will probably be recalled when the rosters expand in September. By that point he could be a broken player.