The Mets have recalled Lucas Duda from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned Mike Baxter the club announced this morning. The team referred to Duda as an outfielder in a press release signaling that the immobile 6-foot-4 255-pounder will join a group that has improved dramatically – most notably on defense – since he was placed on the disabled list June 23 with an intercostal strain. When he was activated from the disabled list he was optioned to Triple-A August 7 after the Mets saw a surge in production from an outfield consisting of Eric Young Jr. Juan Lagares and Marlon Byrd. Duda 27 is a natural first baseman but was forced to move to the outfield last season because the organization considered Ike Davis a cornerstone at the position. Duda was a right fielder in 2012 and shifted over to left field this season. He was the team’s Opening Day left fielder and struggled defensively in 58 starts there before moving to first base for five games when Davis was rectifying his troubles in Las Vegas. Earlier this season Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Duda wasn't considered a "core" player in the franchise's future. Given the current composition of the outfield the left-handed-hitting Duda will likely platoon in left field. Young who has become the everyday left fielder in Duda's absence can also play center field and second base if necessary.
Mets recall outfielder Lucas Duda from Triple-A Las Vegas, option Mike Baxter
Newark Star-Ledger | Aug 24