Report: Mets talking contract extension with Lucas Duda

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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.

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.