NEW YORK — The Mets traded 1B Ike Davis to the Pirates for minor-league RHP Zack Thornton and a player to be named. The Pirates searched all winter for a first baseman.
"Ultimately, we found the right fit," GM Neal Huntington said Friday. "Hopefully, this … solves our first base needs for years to come."
Davis, 27, had 32 homers and 90 RBIs in 2012. But he fell to nine and 33 last year. This year, he lost his starting job to Lucas Duda and is hitting .208 with one homer and five RBIs in 24 at-bats. New York also has Josh Satin at first base.
"Obviously, I didn't play as well as I should have," Davis said. "You can't play a major-league season with three first basemen, so one of us had to go."
Thornton, 25, is 0-0 with 1.23 ERA in four relief appearances at Triple A.
Chapman rehab: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, who fractured his nose and a bone above his left eye when he was hit by a live drive March 10, was cleared to throw batting practice. Manager Bryan Price said it likely will happen during the current road trip, which ends April 27.
More Reds: 2B Brandon Phillips left in the third with back spasms. He appeared to get hurt swinging in the first. He left after his second at-bat. His status is unknown.
A's: LH reliever Sean Doolittle agreed to a five-year deal with club options that could extend it through 2020. Financial terms weren't disclosed. Doolittle, 27, is 7-6 with a 3.10 ERA and four saves in 122 appearances.
Blue Jays: SS Jose Reyes, who strained his left hamstring on his first at-bat of the year, will return today, the team said.
D'backs: OF Cody Ross, out since dislocating his right hip Aug. 11, was activated.
Indians: DH Jason Giambi, 43, out since spring training with a broken rib, will return Monday, the team said.
Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, out since spring training with a strained tendon in his right middle finger, threw 35 pitches in a simulated game and said he felt no pain. He's expected to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Tuesday.
Orioles: 3B Manny Machado did sliding drills for the first time since tearing a ligament in his left knee Sept. 23 and is set to play in an extended spring training game today. The team hopes he can begin a minor-league rehab stint next week.
Rangers: RHP Tanner Scheppers went on the DL with elbow inflammation. GM Jon Daniels said an MRI exam showed no structural damage.
Red Sox: Former Rays INF Ryan Roberts was designated for assignment. He was 2-for-19 over eight games.