The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Ike Davis from the New York Mets in a multi-player deal, according to major league sources. The Mets received right-handed pitcher Zach Thornton and a player to be named later in the deal, according to a team announcement. The player to be named later is expected to be significant, and is likely a prospect from the Mets' 2013 draft class that is unable to be traded until after the draft in June.
Davis, 27, has been the subject of constant trade rumors since December and has been linked to the Pirates for months. Pittsburgh will use him in a platoon at first base with Gaby Sanchez, meaning that the Bucs are no longer a possible destination for free agent first baseman Kendrys Morales.
Davis is hitting .208 with 1 HR and 5 RBI in 12 games this season. He is a lifetime .241 hitter with 68 HR and 224 RBI in parts of four major league seasons.
Thornton, 25, is a reliever who is 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in four relief appearances for Triple-A Indianapolis so far this season. The right-hander was the Athletics' 23rd round pick in the 2010 draft, and was sent to the Pirates before the 2013 season in exchange for Chris Resop.
In parts of five minor league seasons, Thornton is the owner of a lifetime 20-9 record and 3.03 ERA in 153 appearances. He could help out the Mets' major league bullpen at some point during this season, but is likely to head to Triple-A Las Vegas to start.