Pirates talk to Mets about trading for first baseman Davis
The Pirates spoke to the Mets about trading for first baseman Ike Davis, a source told the Tribune-Review on Tuesday
Davis is a left-handed hitter who has shown a blend of power and on-base skills throughout his career. If acquired, he would presumably platoon with Gaby Sanchez at first base.
First base is an area the Pirates are trying to upgrade via trade or free agency this offseason. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington acknowledged Saturday that the Pirates were interested in James Loney, a left-handed first baseman, who signed with Tampa Bay last week.
Davis struggled mightily in the first half of 2013 and was sent down to Triple-A. But after returning to the majors, he led the National League with a .449 on-base percentage in the second half of the season.
Davis homered just nine times last season, but he hit 32 home runs in 2012. He's a career .242 hitter with a .431 slugging percentage.
Davis is eligible for arbitration this season and is three years from free agency. He made $3.1 million in 2012.
CBSSports.com reported Tuesday that the Pirates also are interested in Texas first baseman Mitch Moreland.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Coonelly: McCutchen’s struggles not related to bouts of left knee inflammation
- Pirates notebook: Lombardozzi gets called up; Lambo hits DL
- Rossi: Not too early to go with Kang
- Pirates’ offense still stuck in a rut during setback to Reds at PNC
- Starkey: Pirates’ trade of Snider still reeks
- Pirates notebook: Hurdle has full confidence in McCutchen’s knee
- Pirates facing more offspeed pitches, fewer fastballs this season
- Gameday: Pirates vs. Reds, May 6, 2015
- Gameday: Pirates at Cardinals, May 1, 2015
- Pirates’ anemic offense fails in extra-inning loss to Cardinals
- Gameday: Pirates at Cardinals, May 3, 2015