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Pirates Trade Ike Davis for Bonus Pool Money

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Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The last act of the Ike Davis era in Pittsburgh has ended, as Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the Pirates have traded the first baseman to the Oakland Athletics. The Pirates also sent the #86 slot in the international bonus pool to Oakland, and received Oakland's #27 slot in the pool in return. The move grants Pittsburgh an additional $269,900 to use in the 2014-2015 signing period, increasing their total bonus pool to $2,200,300. According to Slusser, this is strictly a depth move for Oakland, and Davis could still end up being non-tendered in a few weeks, depending on whether they make any other moves involving the first base or corner outfield options ahead of Davis in the pecking order.

It would have been nice to get more in return for Davis, but given his performances over the last two years, it's not surprising that teams weren't exactly breaking down the doors for a chance to get a crack at him. The Pirates have gotten solid returns on some of their recent investments in Latin American talent, so perhaps Rene Gayo can make good use of the extra money.