Yankees Rumors: The Yankees have “touched base” with Mets’ 1B Lucas Duda
It has been no secret that the Yankees have had a disastrous time at first base this season. With the injury to Greg Bird, the Yankees have had over ten people try to man the position in 2017, and the production has been little to none as the Yankees rank in the lower third of the league in all first baseman offensive categories. The Yankees have been rumored to be interested in Marlins’ 1B Justin Bour, but according to Daniel Wexler, he was told by an MLB source that Lucas Duda could also be a possibility to man the corner.
Duda is a left-handed power bat that has the potential to put up 30+ home runs, if he can stay healthy throughout a whole season. He will strikeout his fair share of time, but makes up for it with a solid walk rate. Duda is not having an All-Star caliber season, but nevertheless would be a major upgrade for the Yankees at first base. His OBP of .359 is solid, and he is slugging at a career best clip of .548. His contract does expire at the season’s end, and given his age, it is obvious that he is not a long-term fix at the position.
The Yankees and Mets have minimal history trading with each other, but Duda could be a quality stop-gap for the Yankees’ slumping position. The Mets have been rumored to have interest in Austin Romine and Tyler Austin, so the Yankees would probably have to give up a decent Major League ready player in exchange for Duda’s services. This is merely a rumor, but this could be an interesting storyline down the line.
Article by: Ryan Thoms