Lucas Duda is coming off a breakout year with the Mets and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the two sides are currently discussing a long-term contract extension.
Duda is an interesting candidate for an extension, as he’s 29 and already under team control through 2017. He’s due to make $4.2 million in 2015. It would seem to make sense to continue to go year-to-year with him through arbitration, as he struggles against left-handed pitching and doesn’t have a long track record of success. Still, the Mets are at least exploring the possibility of cost certainty and could have some leverage in that given his age. They might even be able to buy out a free agent year. Duda’s agent, Dan Horwits, confirmed that talks have taken place this spring, but they will be tabled until the offseason if nothing is finalized before Opening Day.
Duda amassed 30 homers and 92 RBI last season to go along with an .830 OPS. He had a .766 OPS for his career coming into 2014.
There’s no two ways about it: Aristides Aquino is having a rookie year for the ages. The hot-hitting Reds outfielder tacked another item onto his already lengthy list of accomplishments on Friday, clubbing a two-run, 396-foot home run off of Adam Wainwright in the sixth inning of the Reds’ 13-4 loss to the Cardinals.
The blast came far too late in the game to upset the Cardinals’ nine-run lead, but was otherwise perfectly timed for the rookie. It marked his 10th career home run in just 16 major-league games, officially making him the fastest MLB player to 10 homers in league history. (On a less-thrilling note, it was also the first home run allowed by the Cardinals in 32 2/3 consecutive innings.)
So far in 2019, Aquino is batting a robust .353/.400/.961 with 11 extra-base hits, 19 RBI, a 1.361 OPS, and 0.8 fWAR through 55 plate appearances. Friday’s feat follows other impressive performances from the 25-year-old, who collected three homers against the Cubs last Saturday and tied Trevor Story‘s previously unbeaten record for most homers through his first 10 career games. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon adds that Aquino’s torrid home run pace also eclipsed the standing record held by the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins, who delivered nine home runs through his first 16 career games in 2017 (per Elias).