The Pittsburgh Pirates finally made a move this past week to fill their glaring hole at first base when they acquired the up-and-down Ike Davis from the New York Mets.
By parting with Davis, the Mets knew they were giving up on a guy with a ton of upside due to his power. They apparently decided to bank on the feeling that the downswings of his career were still more indicative of the player he is than the good moments. There’s a long way to go this season, of course, but Davis already has a home run in his second game with Pittsburgh as he tries to prove the Mets wrong.
This particular home run had a big impact, as it was a grand slam in a divisional game with the Cincinnati Reds.
Davis is batting .242/.375/.394 overall this season. The more he shows this kind of pop, the more he will make the Pirates look awfully clever for snagging him in a trade when they did.