Rays get lefty slugger Lucas Duda in trade with Mets

FLUSHING NY- JUNE 02 New York Mets First base Lucas Duda homers during the second inning of the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets

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.

The New York Post's Joel Sherman first reported that the Mets were "moving close" to a deal involving Duda and the Rays on Thursday afternoon.

Duda, 31, is hitting.246 with 17 home runs and 37 RBIs this season.

Several teams recently inquired about trades for Smith, but the 23-year-old now lands in NY. The Rays also acquired reliever Dan Jennings in a separate trade Thursday.

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The Rays made another big move today, acquiring 1B/DH Lucas Duda from the Mets.

Dickerson was shifted into the outfield after Colby Rasmus unexpectedly left baseball for (at least) the remainder of the season back in early July, and his improved play means that the Rays can feel comfortable with him staying out there while they add something more to the offense in the newly vacant DH role.

But, they are more critical of Dom Smith, who is expected to be called up to replace Duda "soon", according to a Mets source. Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Asdrubal Cabrera are all reportedly available to be traded. 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. Duda completes his Mets tenure 7th in franchise history in HR, 13th in OPS, 16th in 2B, 18th in BB.

"I'm very blessed to be in the position that I am with the New York Mets", he said.

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