The Pirates are still keeping an eye on Ike Davis (Crasnick, Feb. 18), as they continue to look at ways to upgrade at first base.
The Pirates and Brewers had been most often linked to Davis earlier in the offseason, but have openly said Sandy Alderson’s asking price was too high.
Feb. 19: The Orioles are also interested in Ike Davis, as they are looking for a player to serve as their primary designated hitter (Sherman).
Davis said last week that he is shocked he didn’t end up being traded this winter, given the amount of rumors involving his name, he told reporters in St. Lucie on Friday.
“It seemed like we were pretty adamant about going somewhere, but obviously they had to make the right deal for them, and no one offered them what they thought enough, so I’m back,” he said. “I wanted to be back, so I’m happy about it.”
Pittsburgh’s GM Neal Huntington has said that the organization is confident with their internal options, but he is also keeping options open on Davis, Mariners 1B Justin Smoak, Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland or free agent Kendrys Morales.