According to several media reports, the Pittsburgh Pirates have traded Ike Davis and an international bonus slot (no.86) to the Oakland Athletics for another international bonus slot (no.27). The move comes several days after the Pirates designated Davis for assignment to make room for star prospect, Jameson Taillon ahead of the Rule 5 draft. Davis, formerly of the New York Mets was sent to Pittsburgh early in the 2014 season, and made 131 appearances for the Pirates, and batted .235 with 10 homeruns.
#Athletics acquire Ike Davis and international bonus slot 86 from Pittsburgh for slot 27; designate Andrew Brown for assignment.
— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) November 23, 2014
For the Pirates, the move makes sense merely because the were able to get Davis off the payroll, and still receive a fair offer in return. Assuming the Pirates don’t make another move this offseason regarding first base, their opening day 1st Baseman will likely be Pedro Alvarez.
For the A’s, the deal is bit more complex. The move comes days after the A’s signed former Royals star, Billy Butler. The A’s already have a glut of first basemen, however, according to Susan Slussler, this move is not necessarily a precursor to a bigger trade, but rather, a move for depth.