New York Mets News

Ike Davis traded to Pittsburgh for Nick Thornton and a PTBNL

By Danny Abriano

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Mets have traded first baseman Ike Davis to Pittsburgh.

Apr 5, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman

Ike Davis

(29) watches his walk off grand slam to beat the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning at Citi Field. The New York Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

In exchange for Davis, the Mets will receive right-handed reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named later. According to Heyman, the player to be named later is “fairly significant.”

In 61.1 innings pitched between Double-A and Triple-A in 2013, Thornton struck out 76, allowed 46 hits, and walked 11.

Before the trade, Thornton posted a 1.23 ERA in 7.1 innings pitched in 2014 while in Triple-A for the Pirates.


This trade will be impossible to evaluate until the player to be named later is known.

As far as Zack Thornton goes, he was left unprotected during the Rule 5 Draft during the offseason, and wasn’t claimed. That certainly suggests his upside is limited, but it doesn’t mean he doesn’t have any value.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York pointed out that by trading Davis (and getting Thornton in return), it may be a sign that the Mets are preparing to make another move.

Rubin noted that by moving Davis, the Mets have shed a tick more than $3.1 million in salary.

Either way, a trade or demotion had to happen – whether it was Ike Davis or Lucas Duda getting moved.

The Mets simply couldn’t continue to carry both Davis and Duda for an indefinite amount of time.

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