The Mets’ impending sell-off has arrived, with Lucas Duda the first player to be traded away.
The Mets sent the power-hitting first baseman to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for righthanded relief prospect Drew Smith, the clubs announced Thursday.
Duda will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. The 32-year-old slugger has hit .236 with a .357 on-base percentage, 17 home runs and 37 RBIs in 75 games this season and owns a career .246/.343/.457 slash line with 125 home runs in eight seasons with the Mets.
Smith, the Rays’ 30th-best prospect. according to MLB.com, was originally drafted by the Tigers in the third round of the 2015 MLB draft. The 23-year-old was traded to the Rays in January as the player to be named in a deal for outfielder Mikie Mahtook. He has pitched in 31 games with a 1.60 ERA in 2017 between four different levels in the Rays’ organization.
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