Lucas Duda is head to Tampa and in return they Rays are sending prospect Drew Smith. I am very proud to have been a New York Met. He now gets to join the playoff hunt with the Rays, if only he could shake Grandy off his leg. He appeared in 31 minor league games this season, pitching to a 1-2 record with a 1.60 earned run average, seven saves and 40 strikeouts.
Meanwhile, Duda makes a bittersweet exit from NY. The Rays are a game out of the AL Wild Card while the Mets are nine games out in the NL.
As for his role with in Tampa Bay, he will likely serve as a designated hitter. His isolated power of.286 ranks 6th among all Major League Baseball first basemen with at least 250 PAs, with a slugging percentage that is 10th. He put up his best performance with the team back in 2014, hitting 30 homers and driving in 92 runs.
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.More news: Teavana closing at Lehigh Valley Mall, all 378 other locations
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They will have to make two more moves on Friday to add Duda and RHP Austin Pruitt.
Step on up and greet your newest Met. Back in the clubhouse, the rest of the Mets said goodbye to Duda and wondered who was next.