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New York Mets May Be Forced To Hang Onto Ike Davis For Now

There hasn’t been much in the way of tangible trade rumors in recent weeks, as the market has been pretty silent. One name that continues to linger, though, is that of New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis. The Mets are believed to be shopping him, and while we’ve heard some potential contenders as far as clubs that could make sense in acquiring the veteran first baseman, no one has entered serious talks.

Ike Davis was once considered one of the top up-and-coming first basemen anywhere in the league before injuries and inconsistency got his career a bit off track. One could make the argument that if the Mets were to deal him, they’d be selling low on him. He appeared in only 103 games in 2013, and has only managed at least 150 once in the last three seasons. Worse yet, his performance was rough across the board.

Davis went for an average of just .205 in 2013, a career low, but his .326 on-base percentage was higher than his 2012 total. Of course, one could look to his BABIP in each of the last two years to at least partially explain the decline in production, as it was at just .246 in 2012 and .268 in 2013. He’s flashed considerable power before, as he was entering last year coming off of a 32 home run season the year before.

The Mets are still asking a great deal for Ike Davis, as demonstrated in the fact that they reportedly asked the Baltimore Orioles for prized pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez in trade talks, which is why they fell through. Other teams in on Davis have been reported to be the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates, at least thus far into the offseason.

At this point, however, it seems that the Mets may not just be forced to keep Ike Davis, they may be better off in doing so. He has big upside and is still only 26. Perhaps a team on the rise like the Mets should keep a first baseman with 30 homer potential, rather than try and move him coming off of a couple of disappointing years, statistically.

Sending Davis away at this point is simply illogical. Prospective teams are going to know that they’re the ones taking the larger risk and will have to help Davis to make the necessary adjustments in order to get back to the level at which he was expected to perform. Teams aren’t going to want to pay much for that. Keep him, hope he turns it around, and reevaluate at a later date.

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  • craig roth

    Even if the mets hold on to Davis for now they should make him and all players on the
    mets compete for the job in spring training and not just hand it to him or Duda etc! They
    have Duda, Davis, Satin, Dykstra, and Flores and only the best man for the should job
    should win not the player who hit 32 hr’s two years ago or the player who couldn’t hit
    for average or couldn’t knock in rbi’s with runners in scoring position last year but the
    player who earns it in spring training? The mets seem intent on handing Davis if they
    don’t trade him or Duda the job instead of letting the best man win the job out right
    in ST at first base and the player they really need to look at and give every chance to win the job is Flores! They keep saying they need offense but the answer is right under there nose they just don’t see it! All you hear is trade him or they will send him down to
    AAA for more seasoning, how much more seasoning does he need, the mets are going
    to regret jerking him around some day because he will be an rbi machine who will hit
    300 and compete for a batting title someday and we will all remember when he was
    a met? At least give him a chance because another year of Davis or Duda or even a
    platoon of Duda and Satin makes me sick and Flores has a lot more pop than Satin!