Mets Trade Lucas Duda Tampa Bay Rays For Relief Prospect Drew Smith


This weekend promises to see a lot of transactions as buyers and sellers look to load up or dump salary accordingly.

The Tampa Bay Rays were active in the trading market on Thursday, making trades with two teams. The White Sox received switch-hitting first base prospect Casey Gillaspie in exchange for Jennings. Chicago now owns a 39-59 overall record so far this season, worst in the American League.

Career wise, Jennings is 12-13 with a 2.86 ERA, with 214 strikeouts and 115 walks in 261.1 innings (281 appearances) holding opponents to a.253 average while giving up only 16 home runs. To accommodate him on the 40-man roster, the Rays DFAd Diego Moreno and as well the Rays will need to make a corresponding move on the 25-man roster. Given that they are the last-place team in the NL Central division, they have very little potential to make the post-season.

Within Jennings' tweet was his thank you message to the White Sox organization and fan support.

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"Casey is a recent first-round pick who has shown a quality approach at the plate with some power throughout his minor-league career", Rick Hahn, White Sox senior vice president and general manager, said in a statement.

Speaking of Smiths, the Mets get a good one in 23-year-old Drew Smith, a hard-throwing reliever.

Smith pitched at three levels, including Triple-A, for the Rays this season.

The Rays, not far out of first in the AL East, are trying to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2013.