The Mets recently traded Ike Davis to the Pirates for minor-league RHP Zack Thornton and a player to be named later.
According to multiple reports, the additional player was drafted by the Pirates in 2013, meaning the final trade cannot be announced until one year after the player signed his first contract.
The player to be named later will be “pretty significant,” columnist Jon Heyman wrote the day of the deal (CBS Sports, Apr. 18).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The buzz around the time of the trade was the player coming from the Pirates was a top pick. I’m holding out hope it’s OF Austin Meadows, but I’d say there is little-to-no-chance of that happening. The kid is terrific. Instead, there had been heavy speculation surrounding 22-year-old Pirates OF JaCoby Jones, who was taken with Pittsburgh’s third pick last summer. In the event Pittsburgh is sending over a pitcher, most insiders link Sandy Alderson and Paul DePodesta to 18-year-old RHP prospect Neil Kozikowski, whom they reportedly scouted last year. He was drafted with Pittsburgh’s eighth pick last summer.
Kozikowski signed June 21, 2013, while Jones signed July, 1, 2013. In the event it is one of these two players being traded to the Mets, the Pirates would have to wait until these dates this year to complete the transaction.