New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Mets traded first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday for right-handed reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named.
“I really had a blast in New York. I made my dreams come true, childhood dreams come true, playing in the big leagues here,” said Davis. “Now [I'll] go help my team in Pittsburgh.”
The Mets had a logjam at first base with Davis, Lucas Duda and Josh Satin. Davis and Duda are both lefties, so the Mets were expected to move one of them.
Davis, 27, was batting .208 with one home run and five RBIs in 24 at-bats this season.
He suffered an ankle injury in 2011 and had poor starts in 2012 and 2013.
Meanwhile, Duda, 28, was batting .275 with three home runs and eight RBIs in 40 at-bats.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said they feel Duda has the same potential as Davis and might be a little more effective against left-handed pitchers.
“We’re happy for Ike, in the sense that he’ll get another opportunity elsewhere,” said Alderson.
Mets manager Terry Collins reaffirmed that Duda is the starter.
Thornton is 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in four appearances at Triple-A this season, with eight strikeouts and one walk.