Ike Davis, a former first round pick of the Mets, was expected to be a franchise cornerstone in Queens but he flamed out and was traded to Pittsburgh in 2014.
Ike Davis might have a chance to make it in New York after all – with the Yankees.
The former Met first baseman’s name surfaced Thursday when Yankees GM Brian Cashman confirmed that the club had been talking with Davis, currently a free agent, in light of Yankee Greg Bird being lost for this season due to shoulder surgery.
â€œWeâ€™ve talked to Ike Davis, but thatâ€™s all I can tell you really. Weâ€™ve talked to a lot of people. In terms of the Greg Bird scenario, we clearly have a need for an everyday first baseman in Scranton (the Yankeesâ€™ Triple-A club),â€ said Cashman, who was at a Midtown fundraiser at NYY Steakhouse Thursday night. â€œAnybody that we feel is of quality, and can fit that bill, and is interested and willing to play at Scranton, then weâ€™re going to have those conversations with a number of different people. But we have talked to Ike.â€
Davis was once projected to be a cornerstone of the Mets’ future after getting drafted by the club in 2008. He became an impact player his rookie season in Flushing in 2010. Davis comes from famous baseball roots — his father Ron was a pitcher for the Yankees for four seasons in the late ’70s and early ’80s, including pitching in the 1981 World Series against the Dodgers.
But Ike Davis flamed out in New York after slugging 32 homers in 2012 (when he also struck out a whopping 141 times). The start of the downfall for Davis, 28, began in 2011 with an ankle injury.
He later battled Valley Fever and the fallout from a 2012 report that claimed Davis partied too much.
In April, 2014, Mets GM Sandy Alderson traded Davis to Pittsburgh for two minor leaguers. He played in 74 games for Oakland last season and hit .229.
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