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Pittsburgh Pirates Complete Trade for Ike Davis

June 15th, 2014 at 2:17 PM
By Allan Smith

The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets completed the Ike Davis trade Sunday with the Bucs sending last year's second-round pick Blake Taylor, a pitcher, to New York.

'Ike Davis' photo (c) 2014, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Taylor was the Pirates second-round pick, 51st overall, in last year's draft. The Collective Bargaining Agreement prevents teams from trading drafted players within their first year in an organization, so the Pirates and Mets had to wait until after the one-year mark, which was last week.

Davis was traded to the Pirates for 26-year-old right-hander Zack Thornton, who has a 4.72 ERA in 23 appearances with Triple-A Las Vegas, and a player to be named later, who turned out to be Taylor. So far this season, Taylor has a 2.57 ERA with a 5.6 K/9 and a 3.9 BB/9 for the Gulf Coast League Pirates.

Since arriving in Pittsburgh, Davis has a .252 average with a .355 OBP and a .736 OPS while splitting time at first base with Gaby Sanchez.

Prior to the 2013 draft, Taylor was ranked the 40th-best prospect by ESPN's Keith Law, 55th by Baseball America and 61st by MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo.

Tags: Baseball, Ike Davis, MLB, New York Mets, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pirates

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