Normally when it comes to trades, you get an evaluation immediately. In the case of Ike Davis, we had to wait for the player to be named later, which ended up being announced today as Blake Taylor. The deal couldn't be official prior to today, because Taylor couldn't be dealt until one year after he was signed. Now that it is official, we can fully evaluate the move.
For a recap, the full move was Ike Davis in exchange for Blake Taylor and Zack Thornton.
The inclusion of Thornton isn't really a big deal here. He's relief pitching depth, which is easy to acquire and doesn't carry much trade value. His value hasn't been high around the league this year. He was passed up in the Rule 5 draft, and hasn't been able to crack the majors for the Mets, despite them having a horrible bullpen.
The deal mostly comes down to Davis for Taylor. The focus on any trade is always about the "win", which is a flawed approach. It's an approach that assumes there is going to be a clear winner in the...
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