Pirates interested in Ike Davis

Jim McIsaac

Jon Heyman tweets. Moreland's name isn't new, but I'm not sure there have been any specific rumors connecting the Pirates to Davis. It was pretty obvious that they eventually would be, though, since Davis is left-handed and inexpensive, and the Mets seem to be determined to trade him. Stop me if you've heard this before -- Davis has some hitting ability but isn't very good defensively, and he's coming off a season where he hit for a very low average.

On the bright side, he hit much better in the second half of the season, but splits like that rarely turn out to mean as much as we might think during the offseason. Davis has been terrible against lefties in his career and has posted an .827 career OPS against righties, so a platoon would do him good. He also isn't old -- he'll turn 27 in March, and he won't be eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season.

As with many of the other options that appear to be available right now, I can see the case for trading for Davis, as long as the Pirates don't give up much. It's less than I was hoping for heading into the offseason, however.

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