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Friday, January 12, 2018

Mets Rumors: Nunez, Duda

Mets Rumors: Nunez, Duda

According to John Harper of the Daily News, it's not out of the realm of possibility for the Mets to land ex-Yankees infielder and recent former Red Sox Eduardo Nunez on a two-year deal to spark the offense.

His OPS for the season was .801, and Nunez thrived in the pennant-race pressure with the Red Sox, hitting .321 with a difference-making .892 OPS during his two months in Boston while playing second base at times, third at others.

"He sparked them, no doubt," says an AL scout for one of the other playoff teams who was assigned to the Red Sox down the stretch. "He got some big hits and he just seemed to energize that offense when they needed it.

Image result for duda mets"To be honest, I'm not sure they would have held off the Yankees without him."

The question, of course, is how much it would cost, and the way this market is developing, it's possible the Mets could get him on a two-year deal for, say, $20-$24 million.

Nunez has developed into a good player and is capable of giving the Mets good years in the field and lineup.

After signaling they were willing to give Dominic Smith the first base job in 2018 for much of the offseason, the Mets are said to be considering a reunion with Lucas Duda, according to Ken Rosenthal. The first baseman has received at best tepid interests from teams this offseason after a down 2017.

Injuries have been a problem over the last few seasons, however, as Duda has battled recurrent back issues. That should keep his price tag down, something the Mets are always happy to hear.

Unfortunately for Dom Smith, the Mets are at a point in their contention cycle where giving 500+ PA to a top prospect in the hopes that he figures things out really isn’t a viable option.

Jay Bruce gives the team three corner outfielders—along with Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto—deserving of everyday at-bats, making it likely that Bruce would eat into at least some of the time at first. Bringing in Duda would crowd the depth chart and threaten Dom’s playing time even further.

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