Manager Terry Collins announced he'd pick one of the three candidates to be the starter, beginning with the series that starts Friday against the Reds, and sources indicate it will be Duda getting the nod over Ike Davis and Josh Satin.
The Mets began the year in a mini-rotation at first, but Collins has now settled on one now that all three are healthy. Davis and Duda both missed a fair amount of time in spring training, delaying the decision.
The choice of Duda should come as no great surprise since the Mets spent a lot of the offseason looking at trades for Davis, who like Duda is a lefty hitter. Mets brass prefers Duda at the moment, in part because he is a selective hitter at the plate.
The Mets had trade talks with the Orioles, Pirates, Brewers and others regarding Davis, with Pittsburgh still believed to have some interest. Satin is a right-handed hitter and a better fit to share the position with either of the others.