The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded for first baseman Ike Davis, per a team press release. Chris Cotillo first reported that a deal was done. The Pirates gave up minor league reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named later to get Davis.
Davis currently has a .742 OPS in 30 plate appearances this year. In his career, he has an .828 OPS against right-handers, which is the role in the first base platoon that he is expected to cover. Davis seemed likely to be traded by the Mets, since he was making $3.5 M this year, and the Mets are going with Lucas Duda as their primary first baseman.
This move spells the end for Travis Ishikawa, who had a .664 OPS in 37 plate appearances for the Pirates. Ishikawa didn't look like a good option at the start of the season, but won the job due to the offensive struggles from Andrew Lambo. Since then, Lambo has been hitting well with Indianapolis, but this trade means he's not going to get a shot any time soon.
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