Lucas Duda and the Mets avoid arbitration, agree on a one-year deal

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The New York Mets and first baseman Lucas Duda avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.2 million contract, Jon Heyman reports.

Duda requested $4.7 million from the Mets and was offered $3.75 million when arbitration figures were exchanged on January 16.  This was his first time in arbitration.

Duda hit 30 home runs and knocked in 92 RBI in 153 games last year. So it’ll also be his first time for a spring training in which people won’t constantly be asking how much playing time he’ll get, where, etc.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.