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Pirates acquire Ike Davis in a trade with the Mets

Apr 18, 2014, 6:52 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Pirates have acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the Mets.

Update: Per the Pirates official Twitter, the Mets have received right-handed pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named later. Thornton, 25, was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis for the first time last season. There he finished with a 3.91 ERA in 25 1/3 innings, along with 31 strikeouts and four walks. To begin 2014, Thornton has a 1.23 ERA with eight strikeouts and one walk in 7 1/3 innings.

The Mets had a surplus at first base with Davis along with Lucas Duda and Josh Satin. Now that Davis is gone, Duda and Satin will split the time at first base depending on the handedness of the opposing starting pitcher. The Pirates were in need of a first baseman as they had been relying on Travis Ishikawa and Gaby Sanchez. Davis will displace Ishikawa, who has not been hitting well, and share time with the right-handed-hitting Sanchez, who has been performing well.

Davis made headlines last season after he started the year off so poorly that the Mets demoted him to Triple-A Las Vegas. Working with manager Wally Backman, Davis made some adjustments and came back much more productive, though his power didn’t come back the way they had hoped. Davis is carrying a .742 OPS as he joins the Pirates.

  1. chill1184 - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Good luck with the Pirates Ike.

    Also would like to ad that PNC Park is such a beautiful ballpark to visit. Went there a few years ago on my visit to Pittsburgh, very nice stadium to watch a ballgame.

    • dondada10 - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      Most beautiful stadium in baseball (never been west of Chicago, though).

      • jdd428 - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        Have not been to PNC – would love to go and all I hear is raves, so I don’t doubt that it is indeed fantastic.

        But west of Chicago, let me say that I’ve never seen a park quite as scenic as AT&T Park in San Francisco.

      • tuberippin - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        ^PETCO Park in San Diego is up there with AT&T Park and PNC Park.

      • mangoman1966 - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:13 AM

        Its the real deal. Pleasant atmosphere and a great view of the city which is a helluva lot nicer than most people. Sight lines are tremendous for thegame itself. You can park in town and walk over the Clemente bridge which is closed to car traffic. Just a really nice experience. Plus there are no steeler fans around.

      • moogro - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        These places are all awesome. The 6-sided scoreboards, beautiful sunset and Elysian Park were pretty great last night also.

  2. stekaz - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Zack Thornton? A little help??

    • paperlions - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      Sure, why not. He Ks 9+/9 IP and walks almost no one. That kind of stuff out of the bullpen has the potential to help almost any team.

      • zackd2 - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        Except those are MiL numbers. He was made available in rule 5 draft and every team passed. Scouting reports are not as kind as his MiL numbers.

  3. dondada10 - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Good luck in Pittsburgh, Ike.

    Last time Sandy Alderson dealt with the Pirates it was a win-win. The Pirates got production from Marlon Byrd down the stretch and made the playoffs–the Mets netted Dillson Herrera, a 20 year old middle infielder who’s hitting well so far in high A ball, as well as Vic Black who could be a serviceable reliever.

    My big fear is that Ike becomes Chris Davis part 2. I know that’s not likely but Ike has a lot of pop in that bat. I don’t think he was willing to be coached while in New York any more. He had a great 2010, a freak ankle injury in the beginning of a great 2011, 32 homers in 2012 and valley fever in 2013. But when he got sent down in 2013 he became petulant and shut down. Maybe the change of scenery will do him well.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      I like Ike!

  4. Barry's Triceps - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Called it back in Pirates season preview on this site. Im so bright, when I was born, my dad had to call me son.

  5. phillysports1 - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Can’t say it’s the most beautiful stadium without having going to every single stadium in the league kid.

    • johnnysoda - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      There are these newfangled things called “photographs” and “video” now, you know.

  6. doctorofsmuganomics - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    have fun with Lucas Duda mets

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      i’m sorry, did I insult the family Duda?

      Maybe I should have just gone lolmets

  7. weaselpuppy - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    I’m expecting one of those two to sign Stephen Drew as well….

    • dondada10 - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      Mets aren’t going to sign Drew for short. They moved Wilmer Flores back to short in AAA where he is raking right now. He’s gonna get the first look once they move on from Tejada.

      • paperlions - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:43 PM

        Is there some other Wilmer Flores besides the one with a .273 OBP and .373 SLG while playing in the hitter haven that is LV?

      • dondada10 - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        He had a double and a triple last night and did very well in Vegas last season. His track record is strong considering he’s always been young for the league.

      • paperlions - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:15 PM

        It is Vegas, and the western PCL. Everyone hits well there.

      • kappy32 - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:50 AM

        Dude, I am as big of a Mets fan as there is, but I am also realistic. Posts like that are a reason why Mets fans are laughed at so much. So many fans, obviously yourself included, think they know so damn much about baseball and make broad statements and conclusions without even checking the accuracy of them.

        Wilmer Flores is NOT raking down in AAA. Flores is slashing .236/.364/.659. Flores has a total of 4 extra-base hits this year and only 9 RBI. All Flores needed to do was put together a respectable first few weeks of the season and he would have been up here already, displacing Tejada who is hitting under .200, again. To be frank with you, I’m not too sure the Mets are very high on Flores any longer. I’m not sure they view him as the solution to their SS problem. Flores was given a shot last year when he was called up here and ankle injury or not, he didn’t play well at all. Now this year he has gotten off to a horrendous start. Right now anyone with a heart beat is a better option than Tejada, but I don’t believe the team views Flores as the guy. I fully expect them to make a move to bring in Tejada’s replacement.

    • fleaman1381 - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      Not likely the Pirates sign Drew either. Too much money involved and the Pirates don’t really spend big. Also the loss of a draft pick is something they don’t like giving up.

  8. musketmaniac - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Baseball so called experts sit down and shut the f..k up. I defended the pirates all off season that the market was player friendly and buccos could make the same moves during April and May. Welcome to Pittsburgh Ike

    • 18thstreet - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      Why you so mad, bro?

    • Wesley Clark - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      Man, I was right about one thing one time and now I am going to gloat about it on the internet! Let’s baclk up one quick second shall we. You still have no idea who the PTBNL is….AND there is no guarantee of what you are getting with Ike Davis. He may be great. He may not be great. He has been both before.

    • kappy32 - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:56 AM

      Sorry bro. I will make sure I bow to you. I now consider you in the same ilk of Heyman and Olney. You are just so damn smart to predict that a team might make a move over a two month period. Before you pat yourself on the back some more, Jon Heyman is reporting that the PTBNL is a “significant” player. Your Buccos didn’t get Ike Davis for an average reliever. They are giving up something significant for a guy who can’t hit above .230. I can’t wait to see the PTBNL named and you will quickly change your tone.

  9. cool10857 - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    The Wilpons SUCK

    • baseballbum - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      They need to either get past their Madoff deficit or cut bait and sell the team to a mega billionaire who can spend at will. The NYC market dictates this.

  10. musketmaniac - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    oh and mets will be happy with Thornton

  11. 18thstreet - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Really suggests the Red Sox wouldn’t get much for Mike Carp, doesn’t it?

    • paperlions - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Well, kind of hard to get a lot for a guy that has never been a full-time player, is almost 28, has no defensive value, and has been inconsistent at the plate with a high K rate.

      • js20011041 - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        Just imagine, they could keep Carp when Victorino is healthy. All they would have to do is not carry 12 damn pitchers.

      • paperlions - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:17 PM

        Yep. I still hate teams carrying 12 pitchers….and some even spend time with 13 on the roster….that’s just crazy.

      • 18thstreet - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:06 PM

        I dreamed a dream that we’d trade him for Giancarlo Stanton, okay? Is that too much to ask?


      • paperlions - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:17 PM

        That wasn’t a dream, you dozed off with EEI on.

  12. musketmaniac - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Surplus sale. Mets had three first baseman we have a ton of pitching.

  13. musketmaniac - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    we have a short porch in right. Davis just needs to pretend he’s Ike Turner and that porch is Tina face and we will be good to go.

  14. kev86 - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Ike has been really bad for a while. If player to be named is decent, Pirates got fleeced.

  15. tmohr - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Davis is pretty much helpless against lefties, so a platoon might work. Unfortunately, he’s not exactly the new Ken Phelps either.

    • js20011041 - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      You mean the Mets aren’t getting Jay Buhner?

  16. musketmaniac - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    they said the player to be named later was going to be similar to Thornton. so the buccos are in good shape considering the minor league depth.

  17. musketmaniac - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    wow, this guy just knocked the cover off the ball

  18. arrooo - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Ralph Kiner

  19. mangoman1966 - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Sanchez hitting the cover off the hall. Not Friday night. I think he will stay in there til he cools off. That could be anytime soon.

    • fleaman1381 - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      Yeah, I really wanted the Pirates to get Davis in the offseason. But Sanchez has done pretty good so far this season. I’m not passing judgment yet, but it seems like Pittsburgh got the raw end of this deal.

  20. bengalinjersey - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Last I heard the player to be named might be Austin meadows. Which is why he can’t be named yet b/c some silly rule that a player can’t be traded w/in a year of being drafted so if he is said player then this announcement would have to wait till June.

  21. baseballbum - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    The Mets gave this guy every chance to succeed, it just did not work out. Give Duda a chance full time. If it does not work out and they are in the hunt, sign Kendrys Morales at the all star break.

  22. musketmaniac - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    lol, Austin Meadow is not going anywhere

  23. musketmaniac - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    double with a run scored in his first at bat. good start

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