Rays land 1B Duda from Mets

Kelley Robertson
July 29, 2017

Duda, a 31-year-old first baseman, is hitting.246 with 17 home runs and 37 RBIs over 75 games with the Mets this season, his eighth year with the organization.

"I've heard rumors and stuff", Duda told reporters after learning of the trade.

Duda's trade out of NY could be a sign of Dominic Smith's imminent promotion from Triple-A.

The Rays made another big move today, acquiring 1B/DH Lucas Duda from the Mets. He was miscast as an outfielder before finding a home at first base, though he almost was traded because of a logjam at the position.

The righty fireballer has been lights out at three levels for the Rays this season, including Triple-A, pitching to a combined 1.60 ERA across 31 appearances. Joel Sherman of the New York Post was the first to mention the deal via Twitter.


He was a 30-homer guy in 2014 and and, in the Mets" run to the World Series in "15, bashed 27 dingers. Perhaps another deal lies in wait before next week's trade deadline.

A video showed the Mets outfielder (jokingly) holding onto the Duda's leg as he left the Mets clubhouse for the final time. In return, the Mets received minor league reliever Drew Smith from the Rays.

If there's a concern with Duda, it's that he's battled injuries over the past few seasons, including a stress fracture in his lower back that limited him to 47 games in 2016.

"And, I'll be very proud to be a Ray". Back in the clubhouse, the rest of the Mets said goodbye to Duda and wondered who was next. As an impending free agent, Duda does not present a long-term salary commitment for the Rays.

Here's what you need to know about the new Mets prospect. "I thank them for everything they did for me, and I'm excited to join the Rays".

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