April 19, 2014

Pittsburgh Pirates Acquire 1B Ike Davis

Posted By Jim Falbo

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Pittsburgh Pirates Acquire 1B Ike Davis

Moments before yesterday’s first pitch the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets completed a trade the sent 1B Ike Davis to the Pirates for minor league right-handed reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named later. The player to be named is said to be a significant piece, the teams have 6 months to agree on a PTBN. Since the Pirates and Mets have discussed a trade revolving around Davis for several months, it’s likely that the teams have already agreed on a PTBN. Some have speculated that it’s a 2013 Draft Pick since they can not be traded until a year has passed from their signing date. This theory makes sense, although I’d be in shock if it was Austin Meadows or Reese McGuire.

Ike Davis represents an immediate offensive upgrade over Travis Ishikawa, and compliments Gaby Sanchez as a platoon partner who hits right-handed pitching. Over his MLB career in 1296 PA against RHP Davis has posted a strong batting line of .256/.357/.471 , 56 HR, and a 128 wRC+. Against LHP has struggled immensely posting a .202/.267/.331, 12 HR, and a measly 66 wRC+ in 445 PA. Defensively, Davis has posted below average metrics, but isn’t a liability over with the glove. Clint Hurdle now has two first basemen at his disposal who fit into a traditional platoon, where each will be put in a position to maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses.

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  • Jim Falbo

    Ike Davis is under team control through 2016, and Sanchez is under control through 2015. Unless the Pirates can find a viable platoon partner for Davis for 2015, Gaby Sanchez will likely be retained. A poor performance against LHP in 2014 would make Sanchez a non-tender candidate this off-season , but that is unlikely. His career 146 wRC+ against LHP ranks 15th in MLB among those w 500 PA vs. LHP since 2008. That type of platoon bat would be difficult to replace.

  • John Alan Wilson II

    Davis is a smart choice ONLY because Sanchez is your other 1B. I don’t think either one is truly a full time starting 1B, which to me is a serious long-term problem. For this season and this season only it makes sense.