Royals trade first baseman Lucas Duda to Atlanta Braves for cash

Lucas Duda #21 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates his home run with teammates in the sixth inning aCleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium on August 25, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals have traded Lucas Duda to the Atlanta Braves, multiple reports say.

In exchange for the first baseman, the Royals will get cash considerations, MLB reporter Jeffrey Flanagan reported on Twitter.

Duda signed a $3.5 million, one-year deal to take over for departed first baseman Eric Hosmer this season.

But despite showing flashes of his prodigious power, Duda’s hit just .242 with 13 homers and 48 RBIs while appeared in 87 games, making his trade somewhat imminent.

He heads from a last-place team in Kansas City to a first-place team in Atlanta.

The Royals traded Duda in part to give up-and-coming youngsters Hunter Dozier and Ryan O’Hearn more playing time at first base.

They planned to make a move to fill Duda’s roster spot before Friday night’s game against Baltimore.