Pirates first baseman Ike Davis has been working out in the outfield recently to improve his versatility, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. And in related news, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Pirates are expected to non-tender Davis before the December 2 deadline to offer arbitration.
Pittsburgh looks set to go with Pedro Alvarez at first base, shifting the third baseman across the diamond following his extreme throwing problems this year. That leaves Davis as the odd man out after he hit just .233 with 11 homers and a .722 OPS in 143 games for the Mets and Pirates this season.
Davis still draws a bunch of walks, but his power has vanished since smacking 32 homers in 2012 and he’s got a .223 batting average in 402 games during the past three seasons. He’d be due around $5 million in 2015 via arbitration.