Ike Davis traded to Pirates; Mets bail on slumping slugger

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NEW YORK — The New York Mets have traded slumping first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named.

The Mets announced the move just minutes before they played Atlanta on Friday night. Davis was on the field during batting practice earlier in the day.

The 27-year-old was hitting .208 with one home run and five RBI in 12 games for the Mets. He was platooning with Lucas Duda and Josh Satin at first base.

Davis hit 32 homers for the Mets in 2012 but fell off sharply last year.

Thornton was 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in four relief appearances at Triple-A Indianapolis. The 25-year-old righty originally was signed by Oakland.

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