Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The Mets recently 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,” columnist Jon Heyman wrote the day of the deal (CBS Sports, Apr. 18).
The buzz last week had been that the player coming from the Pirates was likely drafted with a top pick last June, and most likely a position player, which is why the teams must wait to announce his name. 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 is heavy speculation surrounding 22-year-old Pirates OF Jacoby Jones, who was taken with Pittsburgh’s third pick last summer.
“Jones has long intrigued scouts because of his raw tools, body and athleticism,” prospect reporter Jonathan Mayo wrote last year (MiLB.com, Oct. 2013). “Jones can flat-out run and he has some definite extra-base potential.”
In the event Pittsburgh is sending over a pitcher, most insiders link 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.
Alderson recently told team beat reporter Mike Vorkunov that the Mets essentially got the same return in trade as they would have gotten this past winter (Star-Ledger, Apr. 21). In January, the Mets had reportedly been seeking a top pitching prospect in return for Davis, with names ranging from Pirates for RHP Nick Kingham to Orioles LHP Eduardo Rodriguez.
I assume Pittsburgh instead decided to give up two lesser players (one established, but with a low ceiling (Thornton), the other a work-in-progress, but a higher ceiling). I’m OK with that as a framework for a return, considering Alderson needed to anoint Duda and give Davis a change of scenery before his value dropped any further than it already had.