Fallout From The Ike Davis Trade

The Pirates hope that Ike Davis will be a long-term solution for them at first base, but they aren't giving up on prospect Andrew Lambo, Rob Biertempfel of the Tribune-Review reports (Twitter links). "Hopefully, (Ike Davis) is a move that solves our first base needs for years to come," GM Neal Huntington says. "We still think Lambo is going to be good big league player. Right now Davis is better fit for us. We'll see how it plays out." Lambo had been the presumed starter against right-handed hitters, but he headed back to the minors after a disappointing spring training. He can also play outfield, although the Pirates appear to be set for the foreseeable future there, with Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen taking two positions and Gregory Polanco soon taking another. Here's more on the trade.

  • An executive from another team points out to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin (on Twitter) that Zack Thornton, the minor-league pitcher the Mets acquired in the deal, was eligible for last year's Rule 5 Draft but was not selected. Thornton is now in his age-26 season and has posted great stats in the high minors, so he seemed like a good candidate to be selected in the Rule 5. That every team passed on him might indicate that they aren't enamored of his upside. It is perhaps no surprise, then, that the PTBNL in the deal will be "fairly significant," as CBS Sports' Jon Heyman tweeted yesterday.
  • Davis has mixed feelings about the trade, Kevin Kernan of the New York Post reports. "It’s weird, I’ve been with the Mets a long time and made some good friendships," says Davis. "I’m excited. I know a couple of guys [in Pittsburgh] and they have a great young team. Some good veterans too. I’m looking forward to playing and hopefully helping them win."
  • Davis' agents at Octagon encouraged the trade, Heyman tweets.

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10 Comments on "Fallout From The Ike Davis Trade"

Captain America
1 year 4 months ago

Want JaCoby Jones as the PBTNL

1 year 4 months ago

Won’t be that good. Davis for Thornton actually isn’t THAT far from fair. The extra piece won’t be much.

Joanie Yan
1 year 4 months ago

Good Luck Ike – in the end you’ll be much better off.

Erik Christensen
1 year 4 months ago

And so will the Mets

Christopher Rioux
1 year 4 months ago

It’d be hard to imagine the Mets being any worse. And yet they keep surprising us…

Christopher Hoffa
1 year 4 months ago

Assuming the PTBNL is from the 2013 draft, I would be ecstatic if it was Jacoby Jones.

Hurdled Again
1 year 4 months ago

Of course I encouraged the trade! The Mets didn’t know what they were missing, baby!

1 year 4 months ago

Who’s the last significant PTBNL from a trade before the trade deadline? I’ll believe the significance of waiting for someone from the 2013 draft when I see it as that’s likely pure speculation. The Mets handled the Davis situation very poorly and I’d be surprised if they get anything more than table scraps at this point.

section 34
1 year 4 months ago

Now that Ike Davis is no longer in New York, we will never hear of him again.

oh Hal
1 year 4 months ago

Where is the Pirates’ AAA club? Lambo should go ahead and settle in.