Pirates acquire Ike Davis

Ike Davis

The Pittsburgh Pirates today acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the New York Mets in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named.

"We found the right fit," Pirates GM Neal Huntington said. "These deals are about finding that common ground, and after a number of conversations we found it."

The 27-year-old Davis hit .205 (65-for-317) with 14 doubles, nine home runs and 33 RBI in 103 games last year for New York prior to suffering a season-ending right oblique strain on August 31. In his final two months of the 2013 campaign, the left-handed hitting Davis also hit .267 (35-for-131) with 11 doubles, four homers and 17 RBI along with a .429 on-base percentage, .443 slugging percentage and .872 OPS in 48 games.

"He does a really nice job against right-handed pitchers in his career," Huntington explained. "He's had two big seasons and two injury plagued seasons, and we're betting that our guys can get him back on the right track and we're betting that he's a better fit in this ballpark than he was in what used to be spacious Citi Field. He's a very nice compliment for Gaby Sanchez and a guy that we think his good days are ahead of him again."

Davis was selected 18th overall in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft by the Mets and made his big league debut in 2010, where he hit .264 (138-for-523) with 33 doubles, 19 home runs and 71 RBI in 147 games.

In 2012, he recorded a career-high 32 home runs and 90 RBI. His 32 homers were tied for the fifth-most among all National League players and his average of one home run every 16.2 at-bats ranked second among National League players behind Ryan Braun (14.59).

Coming into today, Davis' 41 home runs since the beginning of the 2012 campaign ranks fifth among all National League first basemen behind Paul Goldschmidt (59), Adam LaRoche (56), Freddie Freeman (50) and Joey Votto (42).

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