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.
Want JaCoby Jones as the PBTNL
Won’t be that good. Davis for Thornton actually isn’t THAT far from fair. The extra piece won’t be much.
Good Luck Ike – in the end you’ll be much better off.
And so will the Mets
It’d be hard to imagine the Mets being any worse. And yet they keep surprising us…
Assuming the PTBNL is from the 2013 draft, I would be ecstatic if it was Jacoby Jones.
Of course I encouraged the trade! The Mets didn’t know what they were missing, baby!
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.
Now that Ike Davis is no longer in New York, we will never hear of him again.
Where is the Pirates’ AAA club? Lambo should go ahead and settle in.