Royals Add Familiar Face to Lineup

Outfielder Billy Burns has been designated for assignment after the addition of Lucas Duda.

Posted: Feb 28, 2018 10:46 AM
Updated: Feb 28, 2018 10:47 AM

The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have signed on first baseman Lucas Duda to a one-year deal for 2018.

The terms of the deal have not yet been released. 

According to a press release, outfielder Billy Burns has been designated for assignment.

Duda, 32, is probably best known to Royals fans as the New York Mets' first baseman from the 2015 World Series. However, Duda left New York halfway through the 2017 season to join the Tampa Bay Rays in July. 

He combined to hit 30 home runs last season matching his previous career best from 2014. He recorded 92 hits in 2017, 58 were for extra bases which was the second-highest rate in Major League Baseball. Duda ended the season with a .525 slugging percentage against right-handed pitching. 

After today's transaction, the Royals have 40 players on their Major League Reserve List.

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