Per a report late yesterday by ESPN's Adam Rubin, Sandy Alderson said that Lucas Duda could find himself back in the outfield in 2014. This news comes after months of trying to trade Ike Davis under the assumption that Duda would then take over the first base position. With Davis still on the roster, Alderson told Rubin it's possible both break camp with the team.
Duda's struggles in the outfield have been widely reported. In an effort to force Duda's power into the lineup, the Mets unsuccessfully tried to plug him into a corner outfield spot on multiple occasions. However, each attempt proved unsuccessful.
If this is the case, Duda would be the team's fifth outfielder behind the likes of Curtis Granderson, Chris Young, Juan Lagares and Eric Young Jr. Sitting any one of those four down in an effort to get Duda at-bats couldn't be described as anything less than ill-advised. Hopefully this is simply posturing by Alderson, but that remains to be seen. Duda remains the only arbitration eligible player who hasn't settled.