Ike Davis’ agent has announced Davis’ retirement. That he wasn’t already retired may be surprising to you as he has not appeared in the big leagues since August of 2016, but nope, it wasn’t official yet.
Davis last played pro ball of any kind in the Dodgers’ minor league system back in 2017. There he was even tried out as a pitcher in the minors, with at least some thought about turning him into a two-way player. That didn’t take, he never found his hitting groove and that was basically that.
Davis was a top prospect for some time — he was the Mets’ first round draft pick in 2008 — but injuries and illness derailed his career at various points. He ended up playing parts of seven seasons in the big leagues, putting together a .239/.322/.414 career batting line and hit 81 homers over 665 games.
Most of those games came with the Mets. He would play with the Pirates, Athletics and Yankees as well. Before his minor league stint with Los Angeles he played for Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Happy trails, Ike.
Former Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is up for grabs this offseason, and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that as many as nine suitors are interested in bringing the righty aboard. While the Red Sox are eager to retain Eovaldi’s services after his lights-out performance during their recent postseason run, they’ll have to contend with the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, White Sox, Padres, Blue Jays, Giants, and Angels — all of whom are reportedly positioned to offer something for the starter this winter.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the 28-year-old in 2018, however. After losing his 2017 season to Tommy John surgery, he underwent an additional procedure to remove loose bodies from his right elbow in March and didn’t make his first appearance until the end of May. He was flipped for lefty reliever Jalen Beeks just prior to the trade deadline and finished his season with a combined 6-7 record in 21 starts, a 3.81 ERA, 1.6 BB/9, and 8.2 SO/9 through 111 innings.
Despite his numerous health issues over the last few years, Eovaldi raised his stock in October after becoming a major contributor during the Red Sox’ championship run. He contributed two quality starts in the ALDS and ALCS and returned in Games 1-3 of the World Series with three lights-out performances in relief — including a six-inning effort in the 18-inning marathon that was Game 3.
A frontrunner has yet to emerge for the righty this offseason, but Cafardo points out that the nine teams listed so far might just be the tip of the iceberg. Still, he won’t be the most sought-after starter on the market, as former Diamondbacks southpaw Patrick Corbin is expected to command an even bigger payday following his career-best 6.0-fWAR performance in 2018.