Royals sign first baseman Duda

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

Duda, a 32-year-old left-handed hitter from Los Angeles, Calif., split last season between the New York Mets and Tampa Bay, being acquired by the Rays on July 27. He combined to hit 30 home runs on the year, matching his previous career best from 2014. Of his 92 hits in 2017, 58 (63.0 percent) went for extra bases, which was the second-highest rate in the Majors, behind Joey Gallo (65.9 percent). He also collected 46 of his 58 extra-base hits against right-handed pitching, a .525 slugging percentage. 

In a corresponding roster move, outfielder Billy Burns has been designated for assignment.