Billy Rowell was a former first round pick as well.
His ops and obp have been going down at a solid rate. His batting average in 2012 was real close to the Mendoza line. He strikes out a lot. He's a left handed hitting 1st baseman. Last time I looked we had the best 1st baseman in baseball in 2013, who also bats left handed.
If you want this guy to platoon at DH then he is not worth what they are asking..
Yes, Chris Davis is very good at what he does. However, he cannot play two positions at once. Somebody must hit in the designated hitter role against right handed pitchers. Management says Henry Urrutia is not their guy yet, and this is coming from an organization that loves internal guys, as you have made very clear in your last fifty comments or so. Unless DD wants to give the DH role to Nolan Reimold, which is doubtful and very unwise, he is going to have to acquire somebody. Ike Davis is a very good fit as a left handed complement to pair with Steve Pearce. Meanwhile, Chris Davis is still at first. Acquiring Ike Davis wouldn't affect Chris Davis at all. You're right, Ike Davis is not worth what they are asking for. The Orioles would not give away Eduardo Rodriguez for him. But, if that asking price lowers, I can't see why the Orioles wouldn't be interested. This is a guy who has shown he can hit for power, take a walk, and hit for average. And he's only 26. Also, you're looking at his career batting line when you say his OPS/OBP are declining steadily. The Orioles are just looking for him to hit RHP, which he does very well. In 2012, Ike Davis hit .253/.345/.523. Even in 2013, when the power disappeared, he maintained a strong OBP at .356. Yes, Baltimore would be counting on him to bounce back from a less than desirable 2013, but talented players like Ike have a knack for bouncing back.