The Braves released Duda from his minor-league contract Tuesday, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports.
Duda signed with Atlanta earlier this month with the hope of making enough of an impression at Triple-A Gwinnett to earn a September callup. The 33-year-old was unsuccessful in that endeavor, batting just .140 in 16 games with Gwinnett while striking out in 30.9 percent of his plate appearances. Duda seems unlikely to surface elsewhere before the 2019 campaign ends and could opt for retirement this winter.
Duda signed a minor-league contract with the Braves on Monday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Duda was let go by the Royals one week ago, but he wasn't a free agent for long. He slashed .171/.252/.324 over 39 games this season in the big leagues, but he'll begin his time as a Brave in the minors, likely at Triple-A Gwinnett, where he'll provide Atlanta with depth at first base.
The Royals granted Duda his unconditional release Monday.
After the Royals designating Duda for assignment over the weekend, none of the league's other 29 teams were willing to put in a waiver claim for the first baseman/designated hitter, who slashed .171/.252/.324 across 119 plate appearances with the big club. The prospect of an outright assignment to Triple-A Omaha apparently wasn't appealing to Duda, so he'll likely look to latch with a different organization on a minor-league deal. Hitting for power and getting on-base at a healthy clip have always been Duda's core skills, but with the 33-year-old slipping significantly in both areas the past two seasons, it's possible that his time in the big leagues may be over.
Duda was designated for assignment by the Royals on Saturday.
Duda has struggled to a lackluster .169/.206/.322 slash line in 21 games since returning from a back injury in June, prompting the Royals to remove the veteran slugger from their 40-man roster. Ryan O'Hearn was summoned from the minors in a corresponding move and should replace Duda as a lefty-swinging option at first base for Kansas City.
Duda is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Indians, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.
With Cheslor Cuthbert and Jorge Soler emerging as the Royals' preferred options at first base and designated hitter, respectively, Duda hasn't been a mainstay in the lineup lately. He'll remain on the bench Saturday for the fifth time in six games.
Duda went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to Cleveland.
The 33-year-old last left the yard April 16, spending much of the time in between on the IL with a back injury. Duda is slashing only .164/.267/.315 with three homers and 12 RBI in 27 games, and he's clinging to a platoon/bench role for a Kansas City squad that has little to play for in 2019.
Duda is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Indians.
Duda has recorded just two hits in 20 at-bats in his seven games since returning from the 10-day injured list earlier this month. He may not even be a strong-side platoon player at this point, as he'll sit in favor of Cheslor Cuthbert on Monday, despite the fact that the Royals are facing a right-handed starting pitcher (Adam Plutko).
Duda is not in the lineup for Friday's game versus the Twins.
Duda will head to the bench Friday with lefty Martin Perez taking the mound for Minnesota. Cheslor Cuthbert will start at first base and bat fifth in his stead.
Duda will head to the bench for Tuesday's game against the Mariners, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.
Duda is in line for his third straight off day with another lefty slated to toe the rubber for the opposition. Whit Merrifield will lead off and start at first base in Duda's place.
Duda is not in the lineup Monday against the Mariners, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Duda will stick on the bench for a second straight game with a left-hander in Tommy Milone set to serve as the primary pitcher for the opposition. In his place, Whit Merrifield is starting at first base while Jorge Bonifacio is starting in the outfield.
Duda is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Twins, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
With a lefty (Martin Perez) on the bump for Minnesota, Duda will retreat to the bench while Whit Merrifield picks up a start at first base. Upon returning from the injured list Thursday, Duda started in the first two games of the series, going 0-for-6 with two strikeouts.
Duda (back) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Thursday.
Duda has been sidelined since the end of April with a lumbar strain, but he's ready to rejoin the Royals after completing a 12-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha during which he slashed .286/.348/.429 with one homer and a 4:0 BB:K. Prior to landing on the IL, Duda slashed .174/.304/.326 with two homers and eight RBI in 18 games. Kelvin Gutierrez was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move, though he'll stick around for Thursday's game against the Tigers before reporting to Omaha.
Duda (back) served as Triple-A Omaha's designated hitter Sunday in a rehab game against El Paso, going 0-for-3 with a walk.
Duda didn't turn in a noteworthy performance in his 11th rehab game, but he's been largely productive during his time at Omaha, with a .316/.381/.474 slash line across 42 plate appearances. He appears to have made a full recovery from the lumbar strain that has kept him out of commission for the Royals since late April and should be days away from returning from the 10-day injured list.
Duda (back) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
It was reported Saturday that Duda wasn't close to beginning his rehab assignment, but evidently Duda's further along than he was believed to be. Duda hit .174/.304/.326 in 18 games before suffering a lumbar strain in late April.
Duda is still having back issues and is not close to embarking on a rehab assignment, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Duda has been out with a lumbar strain since late April. He was reportedly close to a rehab assignment in mid-May but has seemingly made no progress since then. His expected return date remains unclear.
Duda (back) is close to beginning a minor-league rehab assignment, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Duda has been sidelined since April 26 with a lumbar strain. He underwent a follow-up MRI on Tuesday, but everything came back clean and the veteran slugger was able to field grounders and take batting practice prior to Wednesday's game against the Rangers.
Duda was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday due to a lumbar strain, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Duda's injury seemingly came out of the blue, and he'll be required to spend at least the next 10 days on the shelf. In a corresponding move, Kelvin Gutierrez was recalled from Triple-A Omaha.
Duda is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Rays.
Duda heads to the bench after starting nine of the Royals' past 10 games, during which he went 6-for-27 with two home runs and an 8:6 BB:K. With Ryan O'Hearn locked in as the team's top first baseman and Jorge Soler often seeing time at designated hitter, Duda doesn't have a direct path to an everyday role, but manager Ned Yost will get creative and find ways to get Duda in the lineup if he continues to showcase a patient eye at the plate.
Duda will serve as the Royals' designated hitter and will bat seventh Saturday against the Yankees.
Duda's opportunities were limited early on in the season, but he'll be included in the lineup for the eighth time in nine games Saturday. The slugger has only produced four hits over that span, but two were home runs and he's also drawn eight walks against only four strikeouts.
Duda went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Tuesday against the White Sox.
Duda took Reynaldo Lopez deep in the second inning to tally the Royals' sole run of the game and his second homer of the season. He has seen inconsistent at-bats early in the campaign, with his most recent string of playing time coinciding with Billy Hamilton's absence from the lineup. He has taken advantage of recent at-bats, recording both of his homers within the last three games.
|Minor League Batting Stats|
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|2013||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||7||28||4||7||2||0||1||5||2||7||0||0||.250||.300||.429|
|2017||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||5||16||5||4||0||0||2||3||3||6||0||0||.250||.368||.625|