Rays get Duda from Mets for prospect

Lucas Duda

Tampa's No. 30 prospect: Duda is a good hitter and can be unsafe because of enormous power, but the return for a one-dimensional power-hitting first baseman isn't what it used to be-especially with free agency looming.

And now, it begins.

The Yankees made a push for Duda on Thursday, according to a source. He's pitching to a 1.60 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in 31 minor league appearances this season.

Duda was seen as a potential trade target leading up to the July 31 trade deadline, as the Mets now aren't in the National League playoff picture. Instead, the Mets dealt Ike Davis in 2014.

With the Mets trailing by double-digits in the NL East and NL Wild Card races there isn't much hope for 2017. Top prospect Amed Rosario is slated to arrive first, shortly after the trade deadline.

Smith's trade to the Mets is his second just this year, CBS Sports pointed out. Rosario is considered by most scouts to be special and ready to make a contribution at the major league level.

Duda says he hopes Dom Smith becomes a 10-year All-Star. Duda could split first base duties with Morrison as well.

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Smith, a righty, moved from High-A to Triple-A earlier this season. Talent evaluators, however, are not.

Duda would help fill the gap left when outfielder Colby Rasmus took a leave of absence from the Rays this month. It was noteworthy that the Mets didn't package Duda with a player like Addison Reed or Asdrubal Cabrera to try and boost any possible return.

"Certainly, he was a tremendous part of this team for a long time", manager Terry Collins said.

Here's what you need to know about the new Mets prospect.

After the initial shock of the call from Sandy Alderson Thursday afternoon, Duda was coming to terms with the news. "I have mixed emotions". There are guys here I have grown pretty close to.

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

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