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Pirates talk to Mets about trading for first baseman Davis

| Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
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The Mets' Ike Davis (29) connects on a second-inning base hit against the Pirates on Friday, May 10, 2013, at Citi Field in New York.

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.

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