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Ike Davis traded to Pirates for Zack Thornton and PTBNL

Ike Davis MetsThe New York Mets finally made a move with Ike Davis and traded their first baseman to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.

Pittsburgh Tribune writer Rob Biertempfel says the Pirates dealt relief pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named later to New York in return for Davis.

Davis was in a position crunch at first with the Mets and sharing time with Lucas Duda and Josh Satin. A former first-round pick by the organization out of Arizona State, Davis had an excellent rookie campaign in 2010. He 33 doubles and 19 home runs that season. He hit 32 home runs in 2012, but his average was a meager .227.

Davis was sent down to the minor leagues last season amid some struggles, and he had been shaky this season despite hitting a walk-off grand slam two weeks ago. This should allow him to receive some regular playing time, and it will also open things up for Duda with the Mets.

Thoronton is a reliever who turns 26 next month. The Ventura College and Oregon transfer has a 3.04 ERA and 285 strikeouts in 252 career minor league innings. He was 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in four appearances for Triple-A Indianapolis this season.

Ike Davis upset over trade report saying he’s out too late, not coachable

In what has been yet another disappointing season for the Mets, Ike Davis has been one of a few standout players. Although his batting average of .223 is low, the first baseman has provided some pop this season with 27 homers and 81 RBI in a lineup that has struggled to produce. But because of the way he spends his personal time, the Mets could be open to trading Davis.

Or that’s what this ESPNNewYork.com report says, at least. Citing a “baseball source,” ESPN reported on Tuesday that the Mets will consider moving Davis because he has been unwilling to take coaching advice and stays out too late after games, which they believe poorly influences younger players. The news caught Davis off-guard.

“I have never missed games or not been ready to work because of anything to do with staying up too late,” Davis told the NY Daily News in a interview Tuesday. “I show up every day. I play hard. It is unfair to me, and it doesn’t make sense. … It comes out of nowhere. It happens to athletes like this. A rumor, or something is said, and it’s blown out of proportion. You can’t really do anything about it.”

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Nick Swisher pushes Ike Davis fly ball over wall for home run (Video)

Ike Davis hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first of the Mets-Yankees series opener on Friday, but it came thanks to some help from Nick Swisher.

The Yankees right fielder was tracking Davis’ fly ball down the line and seemed to have his jump perfectly timed. Unfortunately, he missed on his catch and seemed to send the ball over the fence for a homer.

“It definitely hit my glove, there’s no doubt about that,” Swisher said, according to the New York Post. “I just couldn’t pull it in. I wish I could have.”

The play was enough to help the Mets win the game 6-4. I realize that making a catch against the wall isn’t easy, but it’s not like the Yankees were asking Swisher to pull off something amazing like this. He could have had that ball, and he knows it.