Mets, Lucas Duda cut off contract extension talks

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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York has the exclusive report

The New York Mets and Lucas Duda’s representatives have shelved talks about a multiyear contract, allowing the first baseman to concentrate on the upcoming season without the negotiations as a distraction.

The sides previously had agreed they would end discussions if no deal was reached by Opening Day.

“No agreement was reached, so talks have concluded and Lucas will focus on the upcoming season,” agent Dan Horwits told ESPN.com.

Duda can’t become a free agent until after the 2017 campaign, so there wasn’t a big rush to get something done this spring. The 29-year-old first baseman broke out in 2014 with a stellar .830 OPS (137 OPS+), 30 home runs, and 92 RBI in 153 games. He avoided arbitration with the Mets in early February by agreeing to a one-year, $4.2 million deal.

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.