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Mets Deal Ike to Pirates
| April 21, 2014
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The Mets made a couple of key moves over the wekened, trading Ike Davis to Pittsburgh, welcoming Chris Young back from the DL, and sending Andrew Brown to the miners while calling up Bobby Abreu.

The Mets had an interesting weekend – they lost 2 of 3 to the Braves to even their record at 9-9.  They are now 6-3 on the road and only 3-6 at home.  Against Atlanta on Friday, the Mets were embarrassed by former teammate Aaron Harrang who pitched 7 no-hit innings but 6 walks and a high pitch count made him take the early exit.  David Wright fortunately knocked a 2 out single in the eighth to prevent total humiliation, but the Mets went on to lose 6-0.  Friday was also the first game back for Chris Young who had been on the DL since the first inning of opening day.  Amid debate as to who would clear a roster spot for Young when he returned, the Mets took care of 2 problems at once by dealing Ike Davis to the Pirates for minor league pitcher Zack Thorton and a player to be named later.  I guess the move wasn’t that surprising, they needed an extra roster spot and were still carrying 3 first baseman in Davis, Lucas Duda, and Josh Satin. 

I think the Mets made the wrong decision.  The trade itself was a good idea because there is no reason to carry so many first-baseman who don’t really play other positions, I just think they traded the wrong guy.  Ike has always been a favorite of mine and despite his struggles over the past 2 seasons, he has consistently been the better defender and over the first few weeks of the season he has looked so much better at the plate.  He was hitting .209 with 1 homer and 5 RBIs in his first 12 games, but those stats are somewhat misleading because he has been used primarily as a pinch hitter.  In his first 2 games as a Pirate, Ike went 3 for 9 with a double, a walk and 3 runs scored.    Ike was apparently one of the most popular guys in the clubhouse and Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson said the entire organization wishes him the best.  I would certainly love to see him have a great season and at minimum he now gets to play every day as Pittsburgh had a void at the first base position.  On the way out the door Davis added, “Honestly, it’s a little weird.  I’ve been with the Mets organization for a long time, and made some really good friendships and stuff like that.  That’s the toughest part.” 

Today Satin will get the start at first tonight as the Mets face lefty Tyler Lyons in the opening game of a 4 game series with the Cardinals at Citi field.  It was also announced today that Andrew Brown will head back to triple A and in his place 40 year old Bobby Abreu was called up to be mostly a left handed pinch hitter.   He was hitting .395 in triple A and served as a hitting mentor to the Mets young players.  Abreu’s contract also had an opt out provision if he wasn’t called up to the majors by April 30th.  

Originally Aired: Monday, April 21, 2014. This is a part of the 93-Second Sports Shot series. 93-Second Sports Shots air weekday evenings at 6pm.
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