Mets trade Ike Davis to Pittsburgh

Posted: April 18, 2014 in News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

The Mets hope that Ike Davis won't breakout after leaving New York

The Mets hope that Ike Davis won’t breakout after leaving New York

The Mets have traded 1B Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates for RHP Zack Thornton and a player to be named later.

Thornton, a right handed reliever, is 25 years old. He was pitching in Triple-A Indy for the Pirates, and has posted a 1.23 ERA and 1.091 WHIP in 7 1/3 innings this season. The 6-3, 220-pounder has issued one walk and struck out eight.

Thornton is considered a soft-tosser and isn’t much of a prospect. He was left off the Pirates 40-man roster over the winter so the Mets or any other team could have claimed him in the Rule 5 draft if they wanted. He went unclaimed at the time and will report to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Last season, Thornton pitched at three levels in the Pirates system, posting a 2.63 ERA over 75 1/3 innings. He had 90 strikeouts and walked just 12.

Thornton was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 23rd round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Oregon. He was traded to the Pirates in exchange for righthanded pitcher Chris Resop on November 30, 2012.

Davis was hitting .208 (5-for-24) with a double, home run, five RBI and four runs scored in 12 games this year.

The other prospect the Mets should get should be more significant but the main incentive for New York is the team will save around $3.14 million by trading Davis.

So why is the other player to be named? It could be for four reasons. The first is that information just isn’t available yet and should be public shortly.Secondly and most likely the player was just drafted in the last draft and can’t be traded for a full year.
Third would be after the trade deadline and the player is on the 40 man and must go thru waivers like Vic Black last season.
Lastly and the teams haven’t decided on the player yet and have given the acquiring team (mets) a list of players they can take after further scouting.

It is the end of an era in Queens with Davis, a former first rounder being traded out of town. The Pirates were desperate for a first basemen and getting a guy who could succeed with a change of scenery makes a lot of sense.

“You can’t play a major league season with three first basemen” Davis told reporters after hearing the news.

It is pretty clear that the Mets are buying into Lucas Duda and he will now get even more playing time after being named the everyday first basemen last week.

We said last week that the Mets have put off the Davis/Duda dilemma for two years now. Well on April 18th, 2014 the franchise has finally made their decision.


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