According to Jon Heyman of the MLB Network, Ike Davis will join the Texas Rangers on a minor league deal. Heyman also notes that the New York Yankees were a finalist for Davis’s services.
Davis, 28, was drafted in the first round by the New York Mets back in 2008. He made his Major League debut in 2010 and many expected Davis to be the starting first baseman of the future. Davis’s best year with the Mets was back in 2012 when he hit 32 home runs and had 90 RBIs in a career high 156 games. In 2014, Davis lost his starting job at first base to Lucas Duda, and Davis was eventually traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Davis spent 2015 with the Oakland Athletics and had just 3 home runs in 74 games. He also suffered a torn labrum in August which ended his season early. Davis had been waiting this offseason to find a major league contract but was only receiving minor league offers.
This is a low risk, high reward move by the Rangers by getting somebody who has had success in the past in the big leagues. The Rangers currently have Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland on the major league roster as their first basemen. Now they have Davis in Triple A if an injury were to occur. This also gives Davis a chance to rebound and boost his stats since he has not been the same player that he was early in his career. Davis is only 28, an age that many players enter their prime in, so it seems like a good move for both sides involved.