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17 Ike Davis 1B
Height/Weight: 6-4/219 | Birthdate: 3/22/1987 | Birthplace: Edina, MN | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Oakland | College: Arizona State | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $3,125,000 | Owned/Started%: 12/6 | Average Draft Position: 283.20
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Ike Davis still bothered by 2012 report accusing him of drinking issue


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) When the Mets traded Ike Davis to the Pirates last April, it put an end to a disappointing tenure in New York. Davis struggled to meet the expectations of being a former first-round pick, which is something he could live with.

Apparently, however, Davis couldn't live with a 2012 report citing the Mets were concerned about his nightlife habits. Davis had to encounter the topic when he met with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle after he was traded last year.

“Clint asked me about it when I first got over there,” Davis said, per the New York Daily News. “I was like, ‘I don’t know what to tell you, but a guy made up an article.’

“He was like, ‘I heard you’ve had issues.” And I was like, ‘Issues with what? I’ve never gotten in trouble. I’ve never gotten in a fight. I’ve never done anything to anyone. Yeah, I’ve gone out and had beers and stuff, but who hasn’t done that?’ I don’t know why I got singled out.”

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told Davis at the end of last season he would squash any rumors regarding the issue, calling the report "ridiculous" after Davis proved to be a model teammate in 2014.

Even Athletics manager Bob Melviin said Davis’ reputation in the game is now sound and is glad to have him on the roster after Oakland picked him up in November.

Still, Davis remains bothered the accusations are connected to his tenure with the Mets.

“That’s really the only thing that I still have a dirty taste in my mouth about," he said. "Because everything else, you could see it in numbers. What, am I going to argue? I didn’t play well. But as far as calling me out for drinking problems, and being a bad influence -- that was a joke. It’s ridiculous. But you can use it as a learning experience: You can’t trust people.”


A's still planning to use Davis at 1B, Butler at DH vs. RHPs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday he still views Billy Butler as the primary DH against right-handed pitchers, per the San Francisco Chronicle. He added Butler will also play some first base against left-handed pitchers, but Ike Davis will see most of the playing time at first base vs. right-handers.

A's 1B Ike Davis 'hoping' he is 'over and done with' valley fever


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2015) Athletics first baseman Ike Davis said a physical exam prior to the 2014 season indicated he still had traces of valley fever, which hindered him during the 2013 season when he hit just .205 with nine homers and 33 RBI. Valley fever is a fungal disease that produces extreme fatigue, fever and muscle and joint pain.

"Valley fever is a nightmare," Davis said, per the San Jose Mercury News. "You have no energy, no nothing. It was definitely a weird one. It's supposed to go away on its own, but when I had an X-ray last year, it showed I still had it. I'm hoping that's over and done with."

Davis said he is feeling stronger than he has in several years, which could be a good sign. As of now, though, the plan is for Davis to start against right-handed pitchers, but if he gets off to a fast start, then more playing time could be in his future.

"I've got the opportunity to play here, and I've been excited since I got the word I was coming to Oakland," Davis said. "I want to be a tough out and a run producer, and when I'm in the lineup I can be that.

"The last two years haven't been great, but I'm feeling good now, and that's important. It's a good lineup to hit in too, with a lot of high on-base percentage guys, and that makes it easier."


Athletics avoid arbitration with Ike Davis, Fernando Rodriguez


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Athletics announced they have agreed to terms with newly-acquired first baseman Ike Davis and reliever Fernando Rodriguez on one-year deals, avoiding arbitration, according to the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday. According to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, Davis' deal is worth $3.8 million. Davis hit .233 with 11 home runs and 19 doubles in 2014.  Rodriguez allowed only one earned run over nine innings of work in 2014.

Athletics acquire Ike Davis via trade with Pirates


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) The Athletics announced they acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the Pirates Sunday.

The Pirates had previously designated Davis for assignment. To acquire Davis, the A’s exchanged international slot money with the Pirates. The A’s traded their international slot 27 and received the Pirates’ 86th international slot. The A’s then designated outfielder Andrew Brown for assignment.

In 2014, Davis hit .233 with 11 home runs and 19 doubles. His best season came in 2012 while playing for the Mets when he hit 30 home runs and had 90 RBI.


Pirates designate Ike Davis for assignment


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Pirates have designated first baseman Ike Davis for assignment.

Davis was acquired by the club midseason, and hit .233/.344/.378 over 360 at-bats last year. The 27-year-old should draw interest if he chooses to become a free-agent. 


Huntington: Could be 'a challenge' for Pirates to keep Ike Davis


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) With the Pirates committing to Pedro Alvarez as an everyday first baseman, it seems the team might have to part ways with first baseman Ike Davis, according to the New York Post. It still might happen even though Davis is trying to learn how to play in the outfield to improve his versatility, as CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Wednesday.

"It is probably a challenge," general manager Neal Huntington said of keeping Davis. "Ike works hard and is a great guy. He didn’t give the production we were hopeful for. It doesn’t mean the door is closed. But as it sits now, Pedro will be at first."


Pirates' Ike Davis working in the outfield to improve versatility


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis is working in the outfield this offseason to improve his versatility, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Davis, who is once again the subject of trade rumors, hasn't played in the outfield since appearing in two games in right field the minors in 2009.

Report: Pirates could deal Ike Davis


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) The Pirates could deal Ike Davis this offseason, according to the New York Daily News.

Pedro Alvarez made 25 errors last season, and the team will discuss a possible transition to first base moving forward. In that scenario, Davis would be out of a role with his new club, and would be a candidate to be dealt. Davis hit .233/.344/.378 over 360 at-bats with the Mets and Pirates. 


Ike Davis back in lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis is back in the starting lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Reds.

Davis sat out Friday's game with the flu. He returns to a .236/.348/.382 line with 11 home runs and 56 RBI in 356 at-bats between the Mets and Pirates.


Ike Davis sitting due to an illness Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis was not in the lineup Friday.

Davis is dealing with the flu, and will not play Friday. Davis is hitting .232/.344/.373 over 354 at-bats.


Ike Davis goes (extremely) deep in defeat of Cardinals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis answered the following question Wednesday: What would he do for an encore?

Davis followed his heroics of Tuesday night, when he slammed a pinch-hit, three-run homer, by mashing another Wednesday afternoon to key a victory over St. Louis. The latest blast doinked off a speaker an estimated 447 feel away from home plate. His tater off Adam Wainwright was his 10th of the season.


Ike Davis delivers pinch-hit three-run home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis delivered in a big spot Tuesday, smacking a pinch-hit three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to key his team's 5-2 win over the Cardinals.

Davis isn't playing every day with Pedro Alvarez moving across the diamond, and his home run was just his second one in August. He has hit .238/.352/.379 with nine home runs and 42 RBI in 298 at-bats.


Ike Davis slugs eighth home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 11-6 win over the Tigers Monday.

Davis has been losing at-bats to Gaby Sanchez on a regular basis, and Pedro Alvarez is set to join the mix soon as the team continues with the plan to transition him to first base for the rest of the year. Davis has hit .236/.346/.371 with eight home runs and 37 RBI in 280 at-bats.


Ike Davis delivers pinch-hit home run Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis provided his team's only run during an 8-1 loss Saturday at Colorado.

Davis delivered a pinch-hit, solo home run off Brooks Brown in the top of the ninth inning. It was Davis' seventh home run and second in his last four games. He also has four RBI in his last four games.

Davis is batting .231 (9 for 39) with one double, two home runs, six RBI, four runs and six walks in 19 July games (11 starts).


Ike Davis enters break struggling on offense


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis wrapped up a down first half by going just 4 for 27 with a double, two walks and six RBI in nine July games.

Davis hasn't had any trouble drawing walks, collecting 22 free passes since June 1, but that's been close to his only way to get on base, as he has hit just .173/.322/.245 with one home run and 11 RBI in 98 at-bats since the beginning of June. After spending much of June as the team's cleanup hitter, Davis has slotted in sixth or seventh in most of his July starts. With the Pirates just 3.5 games back in a competitive NL Central race that has three teams ahead of Pittsburgh in the standings, the team may want to consider hitting the trade market again for an upgrade at the position.


Pedro Alvarez, Ike Davis both out Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez and first baseman Ike Davis are catching a break for the Friday game against Philadelphia starter Roberto Hernandez, who has been far stronger against left-handed batters this season.

Alvarez is 0 for 2 lifetime against Hernandez while Davis has yet to face him.


Pirates not ready to change infield alignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Despite the continued success of Josh Harrison, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday the team is not considering moving Pedro Alvarez to first base to clear up regular at-bats for Harrison at third base. Huntington added he likes the duo of Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez at first base.

"Ike, the power hasn't been maybe what it was in the past, but he gives us quality, professional at-bats and has played solid defense for us there," Huntington said. "If we can get Pedro back on track to 30-something home runs, being a productive major league hitter and playing adequate defense at third, that's a pretty good tandem to have on the corners."

Huntington said Harrison will continue to fill a utility role for Pittsburgh.

"To play a 162-game season this year, in this environment, it's about depth," Huntington said.

"We're working through all different scenarios, but right now what we feel very comfortable with is Josh bouncing around giving everybody rest."


Ike Davis picks up two hits Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis picked up two hits Friday against the Marlins.

Davis helped break the game open for Pittsburgh in the fifth inning. With two men on, Davis clubbed a two-run double. He singled earlier in the game. Davis finished 2 for 3, with one run scored and two RBI.

Davis is hitting .247/.358/.382 in 170 at-bats.


Ike Davis smacks fifth home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 6-2 win over the Cubs Monday.

Davis entered the game 0 for 19 in June but finally broke through with his first hit of the month in the eighth inning. He has hit .245/.363/.384 with five home runs and 20 RBI in 159 at-bats.


Ike Davis no more than mediocre since arriving in Pittsburgh


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) A mini-slump has followed a mini-tear for Pirates first baseman Ike Davis. He is hitless in his last nine at-bats.

Davis has been productive at times since the trade that brought him over from the Mets, never moreso than in a recent 10-for-23 stretch over six games during which he had a home runs, four RBI and three runs scored.

But Davis has continued to be prone to peaks and valleys at the plate. His .392 slugging percentage and 0-for-15 mark against left-handed pitching indicates that the Pirates will still be looking for a more productive first baseman in the future.


Ike Davis picks up three singles in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis snapped out of a 1-for-10 slide Wednesday, in a 9-8 win over the Orioles.

Davis went 3 for 4 for his first multi-hit game in a week. All three hits were singles, though he drove in runs with two of them as the Pirates worked their way back from an early deficit.

Davis is now hitting .269 on the season, but has a .286 average since being trade to Pittsburgh.  


Ike Davis: 'It's nice to play for someone that actually wants you'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis was back in New York this weekend to face the Yankees for the first time since he was traded by the Mets in mid-April. Davis had no problems opening up about how he felt about the trade.

"It’s nice to play for someone that actually wants you, or thinks you can help the team. Obviously the Mets thought I could help (for) a couple years, because I was there for almost five. I had one bad season and they had to make a change, and traded me away," Davis saidm per the New York Post. "It’s nice to be with a team that likes you. I don’t think the Mets hated me… until you know.

"It takes away the pressure of the nonsense off the field, having to answer questions about going 0-for-4. When you have to talk about your bad streaks every day you think about it more than you want to. Here, I had a stretch where I went 1-for-20 and no one said a word. In New York, the count-off in the paper would be like 1-for-19 or 0-for-20."


Ike Davis grabbing some pine Thursday against Brewers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis will not get a chance to maintain his hot streak Thursday in Milwaukee unless he pinch-hits. He will sit against right-hander Yovani Gallardo.

Davis has five multi-hit performances in his last eight games, during which time he is batting .480 to raise his average from .188 to .266. He has experienced a power outage, however, with no home runs since April 21.


Ike Davis posting moderate numbers since trade


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis had a season-high three hits -- all singles -- during a 4-3 win Wednesday against the Giants. It was his second straight multi-hit game and fifth since joining the Pirates in mid-April.

Davis is batting .250 (13 for 52) with a .350 on-base percentage, .365 slugging percentage, .715 OPS, one home run, three doubles, five RBI, eight walks, nine runs and 12 strikeouts in 17 games (13 starts) since being acquired from the Mets.