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Former Rays 1B finally ends his free-agency, signs with Royals

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After just a few months in Tampa Bay, Kansas City is now the home for a former Rays first baseman.

The Tampa Bay Rays acquired Lucas Duda on July 27, 2017 — just a few days before the trade deadline. Duda became a free-agent at the end of the season and on Wednesday morning he agreed to terms on a  one-year $3.5MM deal, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The 32-year-old can also earn some extra cash through performance incentives.

Last season Duda appeared in 52 games for Tampa Bay and slashed a sub-par .175/.285/.444 in 200 plate appearances. Baseball Reference (Marcels Projections) is projecting a bounce-back campaign in 2018. The Royals are hoping that Duda can soften the blow of the recently departed Eric Hosmer.

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