Texas Rangers rumors: Ike Davis, the former New York Mets first baseman who is currently a free agent, may be signing a minor league deal with the Rangers, according to Jon Heyman on Twitter.
This is interesting, if true...Davis looked like the first baseman of the future for the Mets after putting up a 3.3 bWAR season with a 791 OPS as a rookie in 2010. Davis followed that up with a 925 OPS in 2011, albeit in just 36 games. Davis has gone downhill since then, though, getting sent to Pittsburgh for the 2014 season, and then spending 2015 with the A's. Davis had a lowly 652 OPS in 239 plate appearances for Oakland last year.
The Rangers have Mitch Moreland at first base right now, but don't really have any solid depth options behind him...Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara have been discussed as potential first basemen in the future, but Mazara will likely be in right field in AAA to start the season, while Gallo will be playing primarily third base. Davis would give the Rangers some insurance at first base in Round Rock should Moreland, who has had a hard time staying healthy in his career, end up on the shelf.
Its also worth noting that Jeff Banister and Davis overlapped in 2014, when they were both with the Pirates. It may be that Banister thinks that there's more there in the 28 year old Davis he can help tap into.
If you wanted to get really wacky and speculative, you could even throw out there the possibility that Moreland might be someone the Rangers could deal (potentially with Shawn Tolleson?) to get a quality starting pitching prospect with options available to provide more depth for the rotation, while freeing up enough payroll to go get Austin Jackson to play left field and back up Delino DeShields in center. By signing Davis, the Rangers would then have a potential first base option to hold things down until Gallo or Mazara might be ready to take over in the second half.
UPDATE -- Evan Grant says Davis has agreed to a minor league deal with the Rangers. Also, while I mentioned the Banister/Davis connection above, Heyman specifically mentions that as a factor:
one plus for ike davis with texas: he knows/respects @Bannyrooster28 from pirates, 2014— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 15, 2016