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Mets, Lucas Duda talking contract extension

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The first baseman broke out last year with 30 home runs.

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The Mets and Lucas Duda are talking about a contract extension, according to a report from Joel Sherman in the New York Post. This time last year, Duda was still locked in a battle with Ike Davis for the Mets' starting gig at first base, but after the team dealt Davis, Duda made the Mets look good. He hit .253/.349/.481 with a 136 wRC+ and 30 home runs in 596 plate appearances. Over the course of his career, the 29-year-old has hit .248/.344/.442 with a 122 wRC+.

Duda is set to earn $4.3 million this year, which was the second of his four years of arbitration eligibility. That means the Mets currently control Duda through the 2017 season. In total, that gives the Mets control of him in his age-29, 30, and 31 seasons. The team would presumably be looking to tack on a couple of years after 2017 to make a deal.

Per Sherman's report, the two sides have talked this spring, but Duda's side would prefer to hold off on discussions until after the season if a deal is not done by Opening Day.