Paul Lo Duca agreed to a one-year deal with Washington because there wasn’t any other alternative. GM Omar Minaya said the Mets might have entertained one year and possibly two, but insists Lo Duca came out of the gate wanting three.
That wasn’t going to happen, so the Mets looked elsewhere.
Personally, at 35, I don’t think the Mets were really that hot for Lo Duca for even one year. If they wanted him back, it would have happened.