AL East

Can Ike Davis Help Fill the New York Yankees First Base Void?

Ike Davis, who was once believed to be headed for stardom only to run into injuries and other issues, batted .268 with four homers and 25 RBIs this season for Triple-A Round Rock. Brad Barr/USA TODAY Sports

With Mark Teixeira out due to injury for an extended period of time the New York Yankees have been looking to find production for his role at first base. The Yankees have signed former New York Mets first basemen Ike Davis to help fill the void at first base.

Davis opted out of his minor league deal with the Texas Rangers and the Yankees pounced on the veteran. Davis was batting .268 with four homers, 25 RBIs and a .786 OPS in 39 games at Triple-A Round Rock.

The Yankees plan for Davis to split time at first base with Rob Refsnyder. The Yankees are making a low risk move signing Davis, but there is not much potential as Davis average has not been any higher than .235 in the last five season.

Davis does have history with the Yankees as his father Ron pitched for the Yankees from 1979 to 1981. His father is thrilled that his son has an opportunity to play for the Yankees as he stated, “I’m so happy for him. His first thing was, ‘Dad, I hope they have your number [39] available. He was so excited to play at the place I played and maybe use my number. Someone texted me and said another young man [reliever Kirby Yates] already has that number.’’

Ron Davis acknowledged his son must produce for the Yankees to extend his stay with the team. “It’s time for him to [produce]. He’s healthy. I think he’s ready to do it. We got our fingers crossed that happens for him. He can show he can play. And like we all know in the baseball world, if you start putting up numbers you get to stay.”

Davis has a great chance to rejuvenate his MLB career and help the Yankees in the playoff race. The Yankees are unsure of when Teixeira is returning so the Yankees will be depending on Davis to step up in his absence.

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