While attempting to come to an agreement on an extension before the season began, Lucas Duda reportedly turned down an offer from the Mets for three years and just under $30 million. At that point, negotiations were shelved for the season.
Duda represented an interesting case in contract negotiations. He was coming off a career year in which he was handed the first baseman's job once Ike Davis was traded, and responded by belting 30 home runs. However, 2014 was the first season in which he put together consistently good numbers, and the Mets were wary of giving a big contract to a 29-year-old with essentially a one-year track record. In addition, he struggled against left-handed pitching, calling into question his ability to be an everyday player.
Thus far, it appears Duda's decision to turn down the contract offer was a good one. He is hitting for the same power he displayed last year with nine home runs already. Furthermore, his .304 average is 50 points higher than his career mark, and his 166 wRC+ is eleventh in all of baseball.