Mets | FanGraphs Baseball

Mets | FanGraphs Baseball

Mets | FanGraphs Baseball

As I write this, the Rays are sixth in the American League in our in-house playoff odds. They're two and a half games out of first place in the American League East, and they're one game out of a wild-card spot. This year's Rays have a chance to actually go somewhere. This year's Mets do not, and a sensible trade has been made.

This is one of those easy ones, one of those simple ones, one of those ones that hardly even warrants to write-up at all . The Mets are out of the race, and Duda is an aging rental player. Smith is a minor-league reliever, and for all I know those might be literally a dime a dozen, but he has plus velocity and an interesting curve, so you never know when it might click. The Rays, meanwhile, found themselves interested in the improvement. Duda could provide. What is a Lucas Duda? This is a Lucas Duda.

Duda is a player whose very name kind of suggests everything you need to know about him. Not that I mean to profile, and I do not condone this sort of activity, but the name "Lucas Duda" conveys a certain amount of size and power. Duda, indeed, is large and strong, and has presently ranks among the league leaders in average exit velocity. The pluses are that he can hit the ball far, and he's also comfortable drawing a walk. On the downside, Duda's not much to defend, and he's prone to his strikeouts. He's historically been a lot better against both righties and starting pitchers, so there are holes in his swing to be exploited.

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