Royals trade Duda for cash

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Royals release) The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have traded first baseman Lucas Duda to the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations.

Duda, 32, signed a one-year deal with the Royals as a free agent on February 28 of this year. He batted .242/.310/.413 (75-for-310) with 12 doubles, a triple, 13 homers and 48 RBI in 87 games with the club this season. The left-handed hitter has batted .257 (29-for-113) with four doubles, six homers and 22 RBI and a .459 slugging percentage in 31 games since the All-Star break. He’s also hit .299/.353/.493 (43-for-144) with five doubles, a triple, seven homers and 28 RBI at Kauffman Stadium this season, which included hitting a three-run homer in his first at-bat as a Royal on Opening Day vs. the White Sox.

This marks the second time Duda has been traded mid-season as last year, he was sent from the New York Mets to Tampa Bay on July 27.