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The New York Mets announced Saturday that they have traded first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The question of whether or not Ike would be moved was an easy one. The question of “when” was the tougher part to predict.
The Pirates traded away right-handed reliever Zach Thornton and another player, who hasn't been named yet, reports ESPN.
It’s no secret that the Davis fell out of favor with Mets’ management, and Mets fans can only think: what could have been?
The 27-year-old burst onto the MLB scene in 2012, where he hit a career high 32 home runs, according to Baseball Reference. He drove in 90 runs, played terrific defense first base, and seemed to be locked into the Mets' plans for a very long time. This all came after starting the 2012 season very slowly.
In 2013, however, the productivity disappeared and he once again started the season slowly. He battled through injuries and could never get it going, only totaling nine home runs while hitting .209.
If Davis' decline in productivity was not enough, a few incidents sealed his fate, including one run-in with New York Post reporter Mike Puma. This past February, Puma wrote a story about him “concealing” an oblique injury during the 2013 season. Davis was so furious with the story that he exploded in anger in the locker room, disputing the story.
"It shouldn't have been a story, anyway, because that's what we talked about before you wrote it, was we shouldn't write this because it doesn't matter. But that was nowhere in the article. It's just an overblown thing,” Davis told Mike Puma of the New York Post, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.
For a guy with such a great personality (or seemingly so), it’s been very strange to see the hostile interaction between him and the New York media through these years. The biggest mistake a New York professional athlete can make is to show your frustration, and Ike has not “concealed” that.
The feeling towards this guy has been that he has great potential, but he needs to be somewhere else. It’s been a known fact that the Mets have been shopping the first baseman, and hopefully he does grab onto that fresh start in Pittsburgh.