Mets acquire Duda
NEW YORK — The Mets have found help at first base following Lucas Duda’s injury, acquiring veteran James Loney from the San Diego Padres for cash.
Loney has spent this season in the minors, playing well for Triple-A El Paso. He was batting .342 with two home runs and 28 RBI over 43 games in the Pacific Coast League.
Always a fine fielder, the 32-yearold Loney hit .280 with four homers, 16 doubles and 32 RBI in 104 games with Tampa Bay last year. The Rays released him April 3 and he signed with the Padres April 8.
Duda was put on the disabled list Monday with a stress fracture in his lower back that is expected to sideline him at least four to six weeks, probably longer.
Until Duda returns, Mets manager Terry Collins says Loney, a left-handed hitter, will mostly face right-handed pitching in a first-base platoon with Wilmer Flores and Eric Campbell. Flores is close to returning from a strained hamstring.
The trade was made Saturday. General manager Sandy Alderson says Loney might not be added to the active major league roster until Tuesday, the next time the Mets are scheduled to face a right-handed starter.
Loney lacks Duda’s power but is a .285 career hitter in the majors with 99 home runs, 251 doubles and a .338 on-base percentage with three clubs.