Mets, Duda will keep talking

January, 20, 2014
Jan 20
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The Mets and Lucas Duda plan to keep talking, and will not cut off salary negotiations now that they have exchanged figures in advance of an arbitration hearing next month.

Duda is the lone player of the seven who were eligible for arbitration with the Mets not to yet settle.

He requested $1.9 million, with the Mets countering at $1.35 million.

If the case went to an arbitration hearing, the arbitrator would choose either Duda or the Mets' figure -- not a sum in between those two.

Duda, who turns 28 on Feb. 3, hit .223 with 15 homers and 33 RBIs in 318 at-bats with the Mets last season. He also had an extended stay at Triple-A Las Vegas.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
8 4.04 82 113
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .297
HRC. Granderson 14
RBIL. Duda 46
RD. Murphy 55
OPSL. Duda .841
ERAJ. Niese 2.96
SOZ. Wheeler 99