Mets Trade Ike Davis To Pirates

Somewhat fittingly, the Mets pass Ike Davis over to Pittsburgh.

Minutes before tonight’s first pitch, it was announced that the Mets traded Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for AAA reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named later.

It sounds like this deal was at least in part about making roster room for Chris Young, and further, that because timing was an issue, there’s a good chance that the PTBNL will be more significant than Thornton. How significant is anyone’s guess, but it seems that the Mets and Pirates will continue the discussion — but announcing the deal now allowed the Mets to keep Andrew Brown and Kirk Nieuwenhuis on the roster for the moment while negotiations with Pittsburgh go on.

To be honest, I’m ambivalent about the deal. What’s good about it, is that it establishes Lucas Duda as the starting first baseman — the job is now his to lose.

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