Rays get lefty slugger Lucas Duda in trade with Mets

Rays get lefty slugger Lucas Duda in trade with Mets

Rays get lefty slugger Lucas Duda in trade with Mets

The Mets and Rays have finalized a deal sending first baseman Lucas Duda to Tampa in exchange for pitching prospect Drew Smith, both teams announced Thursday. He's put up a 1.80 ERA with a 0.96 WHIP in 124.2 innings in the minors and is seen by some as being close to big league ready. As for whether this trade will result in Smith getting the call, well, that's anyone's guess. "He gives us yet another highly touted hitter who has stood out at every level in the Rays system and increases our organizational depth as we continue to add prospects to the system". He was the No. 1 overall pick by Arizona in 2015 and regarded as one of the National League's top rookies. He is expected to join Double-A Binghamton.

Smith, a right-hander, moved from High-A to Triple-A earlier this season. The Rays placed left-handed batter Colby Rasmus on the restricted list on July 13, and that saved Tampa Bay about $2 million.

Drew Smith, a 23-year old RHP who was recently with the AA Montgomery Biscuits before ascending to AAA, is the piece being sent back to NY in the trade. "They're in the hunt", Duda said.

This might not be the sexy return that Mets fans were hoping for, but it's fair value for a soon-to-be free agent like Duda.

The Braves optioned struggling shortstop Dansby Swanson to Class AAA Gwinnett.

Before Duda departed the Mets clubhouse for possibly the last time, Granderson got down on his knees and clung to Duda's leg, trying to prevent his ex-teammate from leaving.

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