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.

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.

Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.

While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.