According to various reports today, including Adam Rubin's Twitter Feed, both 1B/OF Lucas Duda and C Travis d'Arnaud have begun rehab assignments with the Gulf Coast League Mets in Port St. Lucie, Florida. In d'Arnaud's case he became injured when he was with the Las Vegas AAA club so technically he belongs to their 7 Day DL. However the web is much more sticky in Duda's case since he is on the MLB team's 15 day DL. The maximum allowed rehab time before activation is required is 20 days for non-pitchers meaning the Mets will need to add Duda back onto the 25 man roster by no later than August 13th.
The team will gladly welcome the powerful Duda back with open arms but where do we play him? Eric Young Jr. is a staple in LF and has brought a much needed lead-off guy and speed to the team. Juan Lagares has been playing great defensive baseball and his bat has been on fire lately earning NL Player of Week honors recently. Plus lastly, Marlon Byrd has been one of the top offensive OF'ers in the National League this season. The simple and probably the correct choice would be to move Duda back to his natural position at 1B and trade Ike Davis but the team seems hell bent on figuring out if their slugging 1B is a part of their future plus he hasn't been that bad since his return.
The 2nd option would be to trade Marlon Byrd but, as Andy Martino of the NY Daily News suggests, the return may not be worth the remaining Wins Above Replacement that Byrd bring to the team. That and of course Duda's horrendous (-35.6) forecasted 2012 UZR in RF is something most Mets fans NEVER want to see again. "Well, why not move Young Jr. to RF?" This would be ideal, but, Eric Young Jr. has a below average arm whereas Duda at least has an average arm for a RF. Neither can come close to Byrd's cannon this season though.
The 3rd option would be to trade Lucas Duda. However with his slump later in the season and his horrendous defense, he won't have much trade value to other clubs.
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