Ever since Lucas Duda was called up for his third stint in the majors, he has clearly shown that it was his time to earn a starting spot in 2012. Now the question is can he be the everyday outfielder the Mets need?
Well that could be debated, Terry Collins has made it clear that he expects to keep most of his roster into 2012.
In the month of August, Duda had a batting average of .319, 5 home runs, 20 RBIs, and a slugging percentage of .527. All of which rank either one or two on the team.
With these types of numbers. most fans would have no problem with Duda as their everyday right fielder. However, in Duda’s first two stints in the majors he was barley hitting the ball, and rarely contributed to the teams lineup. Since Duda came up from Buffalo his second time after starting the season in the majors, he shortened up his swing which has clearly contributed to the way he has been hitting.
Another solution to consider in right field is that the Mets could go about signing a free agent, one that has more than one reliable half season under his belt. Carlos Beltran has said that he would have no problem with considering a deal to return to the Mets next season. Im sure Sandy Alderson and the rest of the Mets organization would not mind having Beltran back on the roster, especially at the right price. Other players who the Mets could possibly sign are Lance Berkman, Ryan Ludwick, and even Pat Burrell. With Willie Harris and Scott Hairston both being free agents, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Mets added some outfielders over the off season. Another option would be too just keep working out of the minors and maybe even see Fernando Martinez play some games on the major league level.
At this point Duda is putting up the numbers to be one of the front runners in next years starting right field position. This would be the time for him to keep show that.
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