When the Pittsburgh Pirates were rumored to have an interest in former New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis during the winter months, Davis had his fingers crossed.
“I did kind of want the Pirates because my brother lives in Sarasota area, I wanted to spring train there,” Davis said. “But it didn’t work out that way. Hopefully next year.”
This year, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is looking forward to drawing on what he called a “clean chalkboard” for Davis after the 27-year-old endured a rough 2013 season in which spent time in the minor leagues.
The skipper said he had a conversation with his new player this afternoon, but didn’t want to “overload” him.
“I told him we’ll catch up as we go along, I welcomed him,” Hurdle said. “We believe he’s going to add va...
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