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Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles in on Ike Davis

February 20th, 2014 at 8:24 PM
By Allan Smith

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According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Pittsburgh Pirates remain interested in acquiring New York Mets' first baseman Ike Davis to compliment Gaby Sanchez.

The Baltimore Orioles are also said to have interest in the left-handed first baseman. Although the Orioles already have Chris Davis at first, they would want to use Davis as the primary designated hitter.

Davis had an awful season in 2013, hitting .205 with a .661 OPS. However, he did manage to maintain a .326 OBP. Davis knows how to take a walk and is a patient hitter at the plate, which leads to many of his strikeouts as well. He only hit nine home runs and drove in 33 all season. However, he is just one year removed from hitting 32 home runs and driving in 90, and his numbers from 2010-2012 translate, on average, to 33 doubles, 28 home runs, 89 RBI and a .797 OPS. Davis is also historically far better against left handers than righties, and with Gaby Sanchez around to hit left handed pitching, Davis won't have to worry about taking too many at bats against southpaws.Over his career, Davis has a career .827 OPS against right handers, hitting 55 home runs and driving in 172. In comparison, Davis only has a .602 OPS against left handers, hitting 12 home runs and driving in 47.

Although he struggled last season, Davis won't come cheap, as he is young and a prime candidate for a bounce back season.

 

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, Ike Davis, MLB, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pirates

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