Mets trade for James Loney to fill in for Lucas Duda at first base

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets have acted swiftly to offset the loss of first baseman Lucas Duda, acquiring veteran James Loney in a trade with the San Diego Padres on Saturday. The Padres will receive cash considerations.

The Rays released Loney on April 3 and are still responsible for his salary. The Mets will be responsible for only a pro-rated portion of the major league minimum for this season.

Loney, 32, had been playing with Triple-A El Paso in the San Diego Padres organization. He was hitting .342 with two homers and 28 RBIs in 158 at-bats with the Pacific Coast League club.

Duda landed on the disabled list Monday with a stress fracture in his lower back and could miss two months.

With Duda sidelined, Eric Campbell has started four straight games at first base. However, he is hitting only .182 with one homer and five RBIs in 55 at-bats this season.

Infielder Wilmer Flores is expected to return from the disabled list within days. A right-handed hitter, Flores could platoon with Loney, who bats left-handed, at first base.

Loney tipped off his move to the Mets with a post on his Twitter account.

Loney has played 10 major league seasons. He hit .280 with four homers and 32 RBIs in 361 at-bats with the San Diego Padres.