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Braves sign Lucas Duda to minor league deal

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It’s the second year in a row the veteran lefty joins the team.

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Braves have signed veteran first baseman Lucas Duda to a minor league contract, according to Jon Heyman. He will reportedly report to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Duda, 33, was acquired by the Braves last August as well and would serve as a primary left-handed hitting option in September. He even made the NLDS roster. He hit well in Atlanta to the tune of .222/.364/.500 although it was over just 22 plate appearances.

Duda was genuinely terrible with the Royals this year across 39 games (47 wRC+, -0.9 WAR) although he did hit a go-ahead homer against Atlanta a few weeks ago. He was released by the Royals last week.

Barring injury, it seems likely Duda spends the remainder of August in Gwinnett and could be a candidate to be called up to Atlanta once the rosters expand in September. He’s nothing more than left-handed bench depth for a team that doesn’t have a ton of it at the moment outside of Matt Joyce.