After an entire off-season of speculation, rumors, and being attached to every potentially available first base option on the trade market, the Pittsburgh Pirates finally traded for a first baseman. Today, in the third week of the regular season, they acquired Ike Davis from the New York Mets, in exchange for Zack Thornton and a player to be named later.
As I mentioned in my article today, the PTBNL could be a big piece. Thornton could have been had in the Rule 5 draft over the off-season for free. For that reason, it's unlikely that he was a key piece in this deal. For more on the Davis trade, check out the article above. Also, Nate Barnes talked with Neal Huntington, who thinks the Pirates can get Davis on the right track. That's pretty obvious, since they dealt for him, but Huntington talked about some of the things he liked from Davis, and some of the ways Davis could improve after the trade.
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