KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WIBW) — The Kansas City Royals pick up longtime Mets first-baseman Lucas Duda to help fill the big hole left by the loss of Eric Hosmer.
On Wednesday, the team tweeted they signed Duda to a one-year contract, but did not disclose the terms of the deal. To clear room on their roster, outfielder Bill Burns was designated for assignment.
Duda, 32, came up with the Mets back in 2010 and stayed in New York until he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays last season, just days before the trade deadline.
A left-handed hitter, Duda slugged 30 homers in 2014 and 2017. He hit 27 in 2015.
He was the Mets' first-baseman whose wild throw allowed Hosmer to score the tying run in the 9th inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series.
Earlier this month, the Royals lost Hosmer when he signed with the San Diego Padres.