NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Mets have traded first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates, in exchange for minor league right-hand reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named.
John Heyman of CBSSports.com reported the player to be named is “fairly significant.”
The Mets tried to trade Davis over the winter, but could not find a deal they liked. They reportedly discussed deals with the Rays, Orioles, Pirates and Brewers, among others, but never did find a deal to their liking over the winter, CBS Sports reported.
Davis missed several spring training games due to an injured right calf.
So far this season, he is 5-for-24 with only one home run – although that homer was a walk-off grand slam, CBS Sports reported. He has six walks and four strikeouts, CBS Sports reported.
Lucas Duda has taken on the role of the primary first baseman, and Davis has been a bench player as the season has begun, CBS Sports reported.
In 2013, Davis had a disastrous season for the Mets. The former first-round pick batted just .205 with nine home runs and 33 RBI in 103 games. He was sent down to the minors in June and batted .364 in 10 games at Triple-A before being recalled in early July. After hitting .161 prior to his demotion, he hit .286 with a .449 on-base percentage in the second half of the campaign.
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