The Pirates absolutely needed the bat and the game of Ike Davis. By trading one of their best minor league relief prospects the Pirates gave up a potential asset for a definite asset. This should make the Pirates a huge winner in this, but the trade balances out quite nicely.
Anyone that has been paying attention to www.mlbtraderumors.com at all has seen that the Mets are perceiving themselves as winners in this situation as well. First it clears the path for Duda to play every day at first base. Beyond that it will bring Bobby Abreu up from AAA to resume his MLB career. Finally it loads their minor league system with a top notch reliever while clearing everything else up.
My view right now is that the Pirates come out of this deal ahead 70/30. Davis’ bat and this trade should be a huge shot in the arm to the players in Pittsburgh knowing that the owner and GM have the players’ backs.
The Mets don’t really lose anything by making this trade and stand to gain greatly if Abreu is more than a shell of his former self. And if and when Zach Thornton makes his MLB debut he becomes a top notch reliever… I think that the Mets will look at that as an amazing bonus.