The Braves today acquired 1B Lucas Duda from Kansas City for cash considerations.
The Braves have struggled all year with RH pitching and needed a LH bench bat not named Ryan Flaherty.
Lucas Duda hits RH pitching and is a LH bench bat. He’s also not Ryan Flaherty. So you can see the appeal.
Duda’s 118 wRC+ against RHs is actually now one of the best on the team, which is why they needed to make the move so badly.
By trade, Duda is a 1B and not a terrible one so, in theory, the Braves could actually give Freddie Freeman a day off without space and time collapsing in on itself. Its just a theory though.
As for the return, Atlanta traded from a position of strength as cash considerations had no future here. But this is why you stock up a farm system. So when you reach the point of contending and need to add a player for your stretch run, you can just hand the other team some money from your wallet.
Nice move Alex.