The Royals have signed first baseman Lucas Duda to a one-year, $3.5 million deal. The 32-year old left-handed hitter is likely the favorite to start at first base for the Royals. Duda is best-known to Royals fans as the Mets first baseman whose wild throw in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series allowed Eric Hosmer to score on an infield grounder. While not widely considered to have a good glove, his bat is what attracted the Royals, smacking 30 home runs last season. To make room for Duda on the roster, the Royals have designated outfielder Billy Burns for assignment.
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