Yankees In the Mix to Sign Ike Davis
According to Ken Davidoff of The New York Post, the New York Yankees are in the mix to sign former Mets first baseman Ike Davis to a minor league deal.
Davis, who will turn 29 just before the start of the season is probably viewed by the Yankees as a fill-in option for Greg Bird, who as we learned earlier is out for the duration of 2016. Similar to Bird, Davis can be used as a left-handed bat off the bench who can also spell Mark Teixeira at first and Alex Rodriguez at DH when both need an off-day.
Overall it’s been a relatively quiet winter for Ike Davis, who was non-tendered at the beginning of the off-season by the Oakland A’s prior to his final season of arbitration eligibility.
Out in the Bay Area Davis slashed a career low .229/.301/.350 with just three home runs and 20 RBI in 239 plate appearances. In 2014 he started the season with the Mets, but spent a majority of his season with the Pittsburgh Pirates where he hit .235 with 10 homers and 46 RBI in 397 plate appearances.
Davis was once viewed as a long-term piece for the New York Mets when he slashed .252/.336/.461 and crushed 58 home runs over 1,334 plate appearances during his first three seasons, but he eventually fell apart and the Mets cut ties with him.
Either way, the Yankees wouldn’t be looking for Ike Davis to match his production during his breakout seasons, though a surprise of that nature would certainly be welcomed in the Bronx. Instead, he would likely serve as a bench player or an insurance option down in the minors just in case the oft-injured Mark Teixeira goes down with an injury.
In my opinion, Davis is still fairly young and might prove to be low-risk, high-reward type signing.
What do you think Yankee fans? Should Brian Cashman bring in Ike Davis on a minor league deal?
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