The first significant trade of the 2014 baseball season occurred Friday when the Mets traded first baseman Ike Davis to the playoff hungry Pirates.
Pittsburg traded away right-handed reliever Zachary Thornton and a player to be named later. Davis, 27, has shown glimpse of greatness in the past, but his inability to stay healthy made him dispensable to a Mets team with Lucas Duda as their everyday first baseman.
“We’re very happy with the trade,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. “We’re happy for Ike in that he’ll get an opportunity elsewhere and it’s a situation we needed to resolve here. We’re happy with the return. This has gone on for a period of time as everyone knows.”
Davis debuted with the Mets in 2010, where he hit 19 home runs his rookie season. He would miss most of the 2011 season with an ankle injury, but in 2012 he returned to hit 32 home runs with 118 hits and 90 RBI. This season Davis is batting .208 with five hits in 24 at-bats.
“New York is a tough place to play. If you don’t do well, they don’t like it; we don’t like playing bad either,” Davis said. “I never really let that stuff get to me. The not playing well: that’s what I don’t like. Hopefully that’s behind me and I feel a lot better in the box this year. I am excited to see what I can do with a lot of playing time.”
In return, the Mets got a 25-year old reliever, who is 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA with eight strike outs and one walk at Triple-A Indianapolis. New York needed help in their bullpen, especially after they found out closer Bobby Parnell is done for the season.
Both club added depth to their rosters and didn’t hurt team chemistry in the process. On Friday, the Mets were shut out by the Braves 6-0, while the Pirates lost to Milwaukee 5-3. They both currently sit third place in their division.