Bob Smizik: Pirates trade for Ike Davis


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The Pirates took a positive step toward solving their first base problem tonight by trading for Ike Davis of the New York Mets. In exchange, the Pirates sent minor league pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named.

After a highly promising early start to his career, Davis has slumped badly the past two seasons and lost his first base job with the Mets. He was on the market throughout the offseason with no bidders.

By waiting, general manager Neal Huntington got Davis for a more than reasonable price.

Davis, 27, is a left-handed hitter and will be platooned with Gaby Sanchez. Davis, though, will get most of the playing time against right-handed pitching.

Davis batting line this season in 30 plate appearances: .208/.367/.375 -- .742.

The batting line for his career, which dates to 2010: .241/.334/.433 -- .767

Against right-handed pitching, his career line is .256/.357/.471 -- .828.

If Davis can come close to approaching that last line of statistics, he will fill the Pirates needs at first base.

Davis best season with the Mets was in 2012 when hit 32 home runs and drove in 90 runs. He slumped badly last season and spent part of the year in the minors.

Davis' salary is $3.5 million. He is a Super 2 in and has two more years remaining in arbitration. He will be eligible for free agency after the 2016 season.


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