The Royals have struck a deal with free agent first baseman Lucas Duda, according to Robert Murray of Fan Rag (via Twitter). The deal, which is pending physical, promises Duda $3.5MM, per Fan Rag’s Jon Heyman (Twitter link). It seems, then, that the veteran Duda will function as the replacement for the departing Eric Hosmer. The 32-year-old Duda is significantly older, and wasn’t as productive as Hosmer in 2017, but has actually been a better offensive performer over the two players’ respective careers. Depending upon how one slices the numbers, it’s possible to paint a more pessimistic or optimistic picture of Duda’s track record and near-future outlook.