The Tampa Bay Rays have signed New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda, adding some batting power as the Rays try to stay in the postseason race.

The teams confirmed the deal today. New York will get RH reliever Drew Smith in the deal.

Duda would help fill the gap left when outfielder Colby Rasmus took a leave of absence from the Rays this month.

Duda has 17 home runs in 291 plate appearances this year.

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