Storylines: Ike Davis finally lands in Pittsburgh
In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI.
Here are the stories from Friday, April 18th.
- The Mets officially dealt first baseman Ike Davis to the Pirates in exchange for minor league righty Zack Thorntonand a player to be named later. For New York, the departure of Davis means that the club will move ahead with Lucas Duda as its regular first baseman, a role that he had taken on early in 2014. Meanwhile, the Pirates will take on the $3.14 million left on Davis's 2014 salary, and will control his rights via arbitration through 2016. Davis will presumably work in some form of platoon with the right-handed hitting Gaby Sanchez. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com first tweeted that a deal was in the works while Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com first reported that the deal was done, and that one or two prospects would head back to New York. Heyman later reported that the PTBNL is "fairly significant." It is worth bearing in mind, as Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com pointed out on Twitter, that 2013 draft picks still cannot technically be included in a deal.
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Chisenhall is one of just four Indians hitters since 1935 to post at least a .500 average through their first seven games (minimum 20 at-bats). That short list also includesSandy Alomar Jr. (.581 in 1997), Bill Glynn (.522 in 1954) and Lou Boudreau (.517 in 1948).
- The Indians have decided to give Jason Giambi a few more days of rest before activating the veteran slugger from the disabled list. Manager Terry Francona said the ballclub will wait until Monday to add the 43-year-old Giambi to the active roster, giving the team the weekend to consider its corresponding transaction. Cleveland might option a reliever when Giambi returns, but Francona wanted to keep the bullpen intact for now.
News and Notes:
- Free agent slugger Manny Ramirez has drawn interest from several Major League teams and is only considering a return to the majors, minors or Japan, MLBTR's Zach Links reported. These are the only options Ramirez would consider in order to continue his career, Links heard, as rumors connecting Ramirez to independent league teams are "totally untrue." There isn't any timetable on when, or if, Ramirez could sign with a team.
- The Twins aren't one of the teams talking contract with Hanrahan, Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reported. There is similarly "nothing brewing" between Hanrahan and the Mets, The Record's Matt Ehalt noted. The Astros, meanwhile, weren't at the tryout at all, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reported.
- Pitcher Freddy Garcia is nearing a deal with a club in Asia, Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reported, though some details still need to be worked out. Reports out of Taiwan indicate that the EDA Rhinos -- the former home of Manny Ramirez -- is likely the team involved, Cotillo tweeted.
- Not long after signing him, the Red Sox have designated infielder Ryan Roberts for assignment, Alex Speier of WEEI.com reported. Brock Holt was brought up to take the active roster spot.
- Infielder Jason Bartlett has told the Twins he will retire, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Though the club has asked him to reconsider, Berardino says, the expectation is that he will file his papers.
- The Brewers signed reliever Jeremy Jeffress to a minor league deal, the club announced.