With Mark Teixeira out indefinitely, the Yankees signed Ike Davis on Sunday to start against right-handed pitchers. The Yankees are carrying eight relievers and three-bench players at the moment, so they figure to go back to a normal seven-man bullpen and four-man bench soon. Newsday's Ken Davidoff was the first to report that the Yankees had contacted Davis' representatives. This might not be a minor league deal. The New York Yankees are looking for anyone to play first base and now, Ike Davis may be the next option since every other regular player at the position has gone down with a significant injury.
The Yankees have been plagued with injuries at first base this season.
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In 2,377 career major league plate appearances, Davis has slashed.239/.332/.416 with 81 home runs, a career-high 32 of which came in 2012.
In 2015, Davis spent the year with the Oakland Athletics and hit a subpar.229/.301/.350 with three homers in 74 game but his best years came when he was in NY. Swisher has said he's frustrated at the situation and perhaps to make matters worse for the former World Series champ, the Yankees signed Davis on the same day Swisher hit two home runs for the Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes/Barre RailRiders.
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Davis played four seasons in NY, with the Mets, hitting 32 home runs and driving in 90 runs in 2011. Rob Refsynder is now the starting first baseman, a position he only began to play within the last month.
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