The Mets traded Ike Davis to the Pirates for minor-league RHP Zack Thornton and a player to be named later.
Thornton, 25, was pitching in Triple-A with a 1.23 ERA and 1.091 WHIP in 7.1 innings this season. He will report to Triple-A Las Vegas for the Mets.
Davis was hitting .208 (5-for-24) with a double, home run, five RBI and four runs scored in 12 games this year.
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. I’m holding out hope it’s OF Austin Meadows, who everyone says has a great, balanced, advanced approach at the plate for a 19-year-old. I’m not holding my breath, though.
Thornton is said to be a nice pitcher, nothing special, not really a ‘prospect.’ He was exposed in the Rule 5 Draft last December and no team took him, so that should give an indication of his potential. To make this deal worthwhile, I expect the Mets to either use the money saved to help improve shortstop or the player being acquired later must be of real value… or both.
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. It didn’t happen. He lacked confidence, insiders said. Well, if that’s the case, if it all got to him, if it threw him off his game, in this market, with us on his case, media in his ear, he wasn’t going to get it back. So, I hope he finds success again, because no one ever hit 30 home runs by accident.
Lastly, good luck, Lucas Duda. It’s your gig now. There’s no looking back. Duda (against right-handed pitchers) and Josh Satin (against left-handed pitching) should combine for a slightly better-than-average first baseman. It’s time to see what they can do, full time, every day, without Ike in the mix… Good luck, gentlemen.