Over the weekend the New York Post reported the Mets were talking to Lucas Duda about a contract extension. That would be a big mistake.
My many, many readers know I am no fan of Duda. He did break out with 30 home runs last season. But one good season does not mean you should commit to a player for several years and many, many millions of dollars.
Lucas Duda cannot be a free agent until after the 2017 season. That gives the Mets three years of control, three years to see if his 2014 season was a fluke or not (it should be noted that Ike Davis once hit 32 home runs).
I’m not saying the Mets should necessarily wait until he becomes a free agent to lock him up. If he has another big year this season, then yes, open the vault. It would likely cost them more than if they signed him now; two good years will command more money than one good year. But if he flops again, the Mets can just cut him loose or go year-to-year without making a long-term commitment.
With so much time left under the Mets control, it makes no sense to rush to extend him. Unless the Mets truly think Lucas Duda has figured things out and is the next great thing. I think such sentiment is premature. Do it again, Lucas, and then we’ll talk big bucks.