This past Friday, the Mets traded Ike Davis to the Pirates for minor-league RHP Zack Thornton and a player to be named later.
The player to be named later will be “pretty significant,” according to Jon Heyman (CBS Sports, Apr. 18).
The Mets will save around $3.14 million by trading Davis (Rubin, April 18).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I’m not judging this deal until it’s complete. The buzz from Citi Field is that the player coming from the Pirates is likely a player they drafted with a top pick last June. So, they’ll need to wait a full year after the draft (June 2014) to send him to the Mets. … That said, I wish Ike the best of luck. I’ve heard too may people connected to the Mets say Davis needed a change of scenery, which is why most people assumed he would get traded before the start of the year. … Good luck, Lucas Duda. It’s your gig now >> Read more from Cerrone’s thoughts on the trade.
Toby Hyde, Contributor
Thornton is sinker/slider reliever with a funky motion who generated more ground balls in 2013 than he ever had in his professional career. He’s a big right-hander, listed at 6’3″, 220 pounds, who will turn 26 on May 19. The Mets will be his third organization. … According to Brooks Baseball, he owns a three-pitch arsenal, with a sinker that averages 91 mph, a slider at 84 and a changeup at 84. >> Read more from Toby about Thornton.
“We’re very happy with the trade,” Mets GM Sandy Alderson said late Friday. “We’re happy for Ike, in that he’ll get an opportunity elsewhere, and it’s a situation we needed to resolve here. We’re happy with the return. This has gone on for a period of time, as everyone knows.”
Here is audio of Alderson talking about the trade, courtesy of reporter Rich Coutinho:
“I really had a blast in New York,” Davis told reporters at Citi Field after learning he had been traded to the Pirates. “I made my dreams come true, childhood dreams come true, playing in the big leagues here. But it’s just a stepping-stone. It happens to a lot of people.”
Here is audio of Davis talking to reporters at Citi Field, courtesy of reporter Rich Coutinho: