The Tampa Bay Rays continue to acquire pieces to make a run for the World Series. The Rays pick up power hitting Lucas Duda from the New York Mets for right-handed pitcher Drew Smith, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Earlier today, the Rays landed southpaw Dan Jennings from the Chicago White Sox to help bolster the bullpen.
Furthermore, adding Lucas Duda is a boost to the team, as he can play first base, outfield, and just slide into the designated hitter role. The Rays will probably let Corey Dickerson manage left field everyday, and the same goes for LoMo at first base, which leaves Lucas Duda looking at being the team’s designated hitter against right-handed pitching.
In addition, Lucas Duda has had sort of a bounce back year after having an injury-riddled 2016 season. The 31-year old has produced a .246 batting average with 17 homers and 37 RBIs in 75 games.
Finally, Duda will most likely be a rental for the rest of the season and look for a new club, unless he will be cheaper than Logan Morrison. Both first baseman will be hitting free agency after this season.