Feinsand provided some background on Smith, who is the 30th-ranked prospect in the Rays system:
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Source says Drew Smith, going to Mets for Duda, has "really good arm," throws mid-to-upper 90s. Teams wanted him despite rank in TB Top 30.2017-7-27 21:38:12
A member of the Mets since 2010, Duda emerged as a prime trade candidate in advance of the July 31 deadline because he's on an expiring deal that is paying him $7.2 million this season.
In his walk year, the 31-year-old is batting .246 with a .347 on-base percentage and a career-high .532 slugging percentage to go along with 17 home runs and 37 RBI.
Thanks to that power surge, Duda has posted 1.0 offensive wins above replacement a year after he managed to barely post a positive mark (0.1).
If there's a concern with Duda, it's that he's battled injuries over the past few seasons, including a stress fracture in his lower back that limited him to 47 games in 2016.
However, the Rays are in a position to roll the dice on Duda and his health since he's only a half-season rental.
As far as his role goes, Duda should immediately slot in as part of the Rays' revised platoon at designated hitter.
Tampa Bay has been searching for a steady left-handed power bat since Colby Rasmus stepped away from the team for unspecified personal reasons, and Duda can fill that void considering he's slashed .253/.367/.546 with 14 home runs and 27 RBI against right-handed pitching this season.
But even with Duda aboard, the Rays could still stand to add one more bat off the bench if they want to make a strong push for the postseason since Trevor Plouffe and Brad Miller have been mired in season-long slumps.
Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.