Keeping Duda doesn't bother me. His trade value is likely more limited than Ike, who the Mets can't get rid of; he's not going to be a starter and the outfield project is long over; there's probably as much of a chance he's an answer at 1B as Ike, as much as you may disagree (career numbers, as I've pointed out in the past, are virtually identical); and he won't make much via arbitration. If you're going to go with Ike, it doesn't hurt to have a non-awful insurance plan. Duda may not be any good either, I get it, but at least you wouldn't be plugging in some complete scrub if Ike fell apart again. Outside of a couple guys I liked, the 1B market was awful anyway (and it's totally barren now, as evident to the 1B-desperate Brewers signing Mark Reynolds and had previously considered Michael Young).
Truthfully, the Pirates are still out there as a team in big need of a LHB 1B to platoon with Gaby Sanchez, so I still wouldn't rule out a trade with them (though it would probably be Ike).
Tejada is more aggravating since he projects as the starting SS, but sadly the options remain limited there as well. You could look to trade for a team with an overflow at SS, like the D-Backs, but we don't know how outlandish their return demands may be. Stephen Drew remains the most logical answer, but I've never been enamored with him, and there is even a fair case against the idea of adding him for a team in our position.
With that said, I'd still personally sign Drew for 2 years, $10-12M per, maybe throw in a 3rd year option based on him staying healthy (plate appearances). I think that's pretty fair given his talent and apparent weak market.
Mets signed John Lannan to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training yesterday. Same idea that applied to Dice-K applies here; I'm okay with Lannan as a depth move to stash in Las Vegas, but would be irate if he "beat out" Mejia for the 5th starter job.
Edited by nmigliore, 19 January 2014 - 10:07 AM.