The Mets traded Ike Davis to the Pirates for two players just before Friday night’s game against the Braves. It was a move that should have been made months ago; a team does not need two starting left-handed hitting first basemen who struggle to hit. Whether or not they traded the right guy is a story that cannot yet be told.
“I really had a blast in New York,” Ike Davis said. “I made my dreams come true, childhood dreams come true, playing in the big leagues here. But it’s just a stepping-stone. It happens to a lot of people, getting traded.”
After finally pulling the trigger, Alderson seemed relieved.
“We’re very happy with the trade. We’re happy for Ike in the sense that he’ll get another opportunity elsewhere. It’s a situation that we needed to resolve here. We’re happy with the return. This has gone on for some period of time, as everyone knows. The return has not increased, hasn’t diminished.’’
As far as that return, the Mets get a minor league pitcher named Zack Thornton, who oddly was a Rule 5 guy this winter who was not picked by any team, including the Mets. So now the Mets get someone whom they could have gotten for a nominal fee. Interesting.
There are reports that the player to be named later is actually the “significant” piece of the trade. Alderson would not tip his hand.
“Players are named later for a variety of reasons, so I really can’t get into it any further than that,” he said. “Because if I were to give you the reason why the player’s [not] been named, it would lead you in the right direction.”
Perhaps it is someone who was drafted last June; teams must wait a year before they can trade a draft choice.
Also interesting is that the deal reduces the Mets payroll yet again. The Opening Day payroll was just shy of an already disgraceful $85 million. Add in $1.5 million for Daisuke Matsuzaka and take away Ike Davis’s $3.5 million, and the payroll now stands at $83 million. Does this mean the Mets could make a move to add payroll? Yes, I’m laughing as well!
While the front office loves Lucas Duda’s playing ability for some reason, Alderson admitted that the fact that the team has Duda under control longer than Ike Davis was another factor in his decision. It’s all about money with this team.
In any case, this was a deal that had to be made. It took long enough, but Alderson finally did it.