October 28th, 2014

The Mets should go cheap in finding Duda a right-handed platoon partner

Here’s a nice article I stumbled upon today. My only question is: Duda hit 30 home runs , why bench him even at a platoon environment? This makes no sense to me. He by far had the most power of any 2014 Met, and shouldn’t even be mentioned as a platoon player. Also, this makes Lucas Duda’s confidence level decline dramatically. We don’t need another distraction. The Mets should focus on acquisitions for shortstops and/or left field.

The Mets Report

By Steven Inman

The Mets answer to first base doesn't have to be just one player. The Mets answer to first base doesn’t have to be just one player.

The Mets biggest needs this winter are shortstop and in the outfield but the team also has smaller needs to address.

The Mets are going to need to find a right-handed hitting first base platoon mate for Lucas Duda this winter. Duda hit .180 with two homers in 111 at bats against lefties in his 2014 breakout campaign.

While Michael Cuddyer’sname has come up on a number of occasions, the Mets can fill this small hole on a much cheaper level, saving money to address outfield and possibly shortstop. A great option to fill this platoon is lefty-killing infielder Danny Valencia.

Valencia started his career as an everyday third basemen with the Minnesota Twins in 2010. After the league sort of figured the Miami native out, he bounced around to a few…

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