It was only a matter of time before the love affair that the New York Mets front office had with first baseman Ike Davis would come to an end. The break-up became official today, as the Mets traded Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
From a report by CBSSports.com, the Pirates reportedly are sending the Mets minor league pitcher Zack Thornton, and of course, the ubiquitous “player to be named later”.
This means that Lucas Duda is going to be the everyday first baseman for the Mets for the foreseeable future.
The 27-year-old Davis had gone 5-for-24 (.208) this season with one home run — a walk-off grand slam — and has been the ire of fans and the media for the last couple of seasons.
Maybe the change of scenery will be exactly what Davis — who hit .227/.308/.462 (111 OPS+) with 32 home runs in 2012 — needs, because his production with the Mets has steadily fallen since that season, slumping to .205/.326/.334 (89 OPS+) with nine homers in 2013.
The Pirates added a left-handed bat to their bench, and to platoon at first with Gaby Sanchez, although how well that’s going to end up remains to be seen.