With spring training just a few weeks away, tis the season for giving minor league deals to reclamation projects. According to Matt Eddy, the Dodgers have signed first baseman Ike Davis to a minor league contract. Why have the Dodgers signed Ike Davis? Well, why not? It’s more like early season charity.
#Dodgers sign 1B Ike Davis and RHP Brandon Morrow to minor league deals.
— Matt Eddy (@MattEddyBA) January 27, 2017
After all Ike Davis has had his major league career completely derailed by a myriad of horrific injuries and incredibly long slumps. During his minor league days he was known as a slick fielding first baseman with power. At one point he committed only one error in 492 chances. He was impressive in his first season with the Mets in 2010 when he batted .264, hit 19 home runs and reached base at a .351 clip. In 2012 he slugged 32 home runs and drove in 90 runs in 156 games for the Mets.
He never quite reached his potential after that as his career went straight down the toilet after that 2012 season. He ended up bouncing around the majors as he played stints in Pittsburgh, Oakland, and a very short stay with the Yankees last season. He spent most of the 2016 season in triple-A, save for only eight major league games with the big club.
The Yankees released him last August and he had been a free agent since then. Davis is still just 29-years old and has slugged 81 career MLB home runs. Overall he has a .239/.332/.414 slash line with a .746 OPS across seven major league seasons. Look for Davis to begin the season at Oklahoma City and should provide the Dodgers with depth at first base in case they need him.