Rays get lefty slugger Lucas Duda in trade with Mets

Rays get lefty slugger Lucas Duda in trade with Mets

Duda, 32, is hitting.236 with a.357 on-base percentage and 17 home runs in 85 games this season, his last before reaching free agency at year's end.

"I've heard rumors and stuff", Duda told reporters after learning of the trade. Smith started the year in Single-A ball and was pitching for Triple-A Durham at the time of the trade.

Duda was quoted as saying "I was very proud to be a New York Met". Rivera at the first base position for the remainder of 2017. In appearances for four minor league teams this year, he was a combined 1-2 with a 1.60 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP, with 40 strikeouts in 45 innings. "We wish him all the best and thank him for everything he's done here in NY". Duda completes his Mets tenure 7th in franchise history in HR, 13th in OPS, 16th in 2B, 18th in BB. He smacked a career best 30 homers in 2014 and 27 more in 2015. Perhaps another deal lies in wait before next week's trade deadline.

With Duda gone, the Mets will have a clear path to promote one of their top prospects, first baseman Dominic Smith, a former first-round pick.

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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. All in all, Duda proved to be a valuable asset for the Mets when healthy. "And I'm going to be very proud to be a Tampa Bay Ray".

Duda kept his emotions in check on Thursday, and remained thankful for his time with the Mets.

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"I'm excited to join the Rays".