Ike Davis is back in New York; this time with the New York Yankees. Davis had been with the Rangers this season and was in AAA. He exercised a clause in his contract that allowed him to get released if he were able to sign a major league deal. As soon as he was officially released by the Rangers the Yankees and Davis were in discussions and things progressed quickly towards a deal.
Davis was a first-round pick by the Mets in 2008. And when he got the call up in April of 2010, everyone with the Mets was excited about it. And early on, he lived up to the hype. In his first season he hit .264 with 19 home runs and 71 RBIs. The following year in 2011 he was off to a great start. Through 36 games he was hitting .302 with 7 home runs and 25 RBIs. Then one night in Colorado he collided with David Wright on a pop up and missed the rest of the season and he has really never been the same again. When he came back in 2012 the power was still there, hitting 32 home runs and also 90 RBIs. But his average was down, hitting .227. In 2013 he really struggled. Hitting .205 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs and got sent down during the season. In the beginning of the 2014 season he was traded to the Pirates and has since played for the Pirates and Athletics.
Last year in the major leagues with the Athletics Davis hit .229 with three home runs and 20 RBIs. So far in AAA this year Davis was hitting .268 with four home runs and 25 RBIs. The Yankees desperately needed first base help. Mark Teixeira was put on the DL on June 4 and they have really been going with a big platoon since. With the addition of Davis, he is expected to be platooning and first with Rob Refsnyder. This could be Davis’ last chance to prove he can be a major league player, and the Yankees sure hope he can take advantage of it.
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