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The Mets may trade Ike Davis, will criticize him to the media first

Sep 18, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

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Last night Matthew talked about how it appears that the Mets are making Ike Davis into a platoon player late in the season and how, by doing so, they’re letting Lucas Duda play games at first base, which is where he really belongs.

Today Adam Rubin reports that the Mets are thinking about going one step further: getting rid of him altogether. ¬†Why? More playing time for Duda and, according to Rubin’s sources, the elimination of a potential bad egg:

The Mets are disappointed with Davis’ unwillingness to make changes based on coaching advice. Although he is personable and by no means a troublemaker, they also worry — fairly or unfairly — he is out too late after games, and that could influence other young players.

Whether that little bit was calculated to get out to the public or not, it would take some sort of P.R. campaign, methinks, for Mets fans to buy the notion that they’d be better off with Duda at first base going forward than Davis. Davis may have some trouble with lefties, but he’s 25 and has shown he can perform at a high level. Duda is a year older and doesn’t show the sort of upside that Davis has.

  1. paperlions - Sep 18, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Davis reportedly had Valley Fever this past spring. According to people that have had it, it takes a few months to get back to normal. That time frame fits pretty well with Davis’ turn around. One would hope this is just idle speculation by a reporter, because trading a player like Davis for dumb things like not taking coaches advice or staying out later than they would like after games is just a bad baseball move (as there is no evidence that ignoring coaches advice, if that is even true, actually hurts his production).

    • dondada10 - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      Good point. Aside from that, he has a serious leg injury that cost him about 130 games last year.

    • djpostl - Sep 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      “because trading a player like Davis for dumb things like not taking coaches advice…. is just a bad baseball move”

      Um, since when?

      If a player is already prone to struggle half the time and is so thick-headed they refuse to work with coaches to fix it that is one GREAT reason to part ways (provided that is the actual reason you’re trading him).

      • paperlions - Sep 18, 2012 at 1:41 PM

        You really think he is prone to getting Valley fever each year?

        FWIW, coaches generally have just as much ability to screw up mechanics as they do to fix them. There is nothing about “being a coach” that means the person understands as much or more than you do about hitting or that they know what does and doesn’t work for you. There is a difference between working with coaches and blindly following advice…some coaches are more collaborative, some more dictatorial/arrogant.

      • djpostl - Sep 18, 2012 at 3:48 PM

        And did I ever say this had one thing to do with this year’s numbers, the bi-product of Valley Fever?

        I merely stated that if the report is accurate and he refuses to accept coaching it might be better to part ways with him.

        I wouldn’t want someone on my team like that, especially if we’re in rebuild mode (and who here thinks they aren’t?) and you plan on having more & more younger players in the mix.

      • GoneYickitty - Sep 18, 2012 at 1:41 PM

        Yeah because look at all the players who went to the Mets and got better at hitting because of their great coaching.

  2. xmatt0926x - Sep 18, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Of course they want that info out in the public. Management and agents know just who to call to let a few things “slip” out.

    • townballblog - Sep 18, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      Report states the Red Sox are being investigated as the source of the leak.

      • townballblog - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:14 PM

        Jokes aside though, Davis to the Red Sox? I love that idea. I would rather take my chances with a 25 yeard old with huge potential than two 30 something gambles (Morneau and Napoli).

      • soxfan1966 - Sep 18, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        I agree. If the Red Sox could get Davis without giving up a whole lot, I’d be all for it. The guy has plenty of upside and could potentially be a cheap solution to the Sox’ first base problem created when they dealt away Gonzalez.

      • townballblog - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:53 AM

        Indeed, soxfan1966. However, I would argue the problem was created not when they TRADED AWAY Adrian Gonzalez but rather when they traded FOR HIM. If Theo hadn’t done so we would still have Kelly and Rizzo, both of which would be cheaper than Adrian Gonzalez and/or Ike Davis.

        Instead, Kelly is at the beach in Southern CA and Rizzo? Oh yeah, in the friendly combines with Theo.

  3. philsphilsphils - Sep 18, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    only the mets would think appeasing the fan base is more important than damaging his trade value.

    • thebadguyswon - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      How are they appeasing the fan base again?

    • purnellmeagrejr - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      Duda does belong at FIrst Base – for the Mets AAA affiliate.

    • badintent - Sep 19, 2012 at 2:49 AM

      The Mets are a AAA organization, make no mistake. Stupid, corrupt, cheap and just plan stupid(againj) During the Finals of the U.S. Tennis Open, the network showed the Met game for a minute during a break, about 5000 lost fans in Sh*ttyField. Way to go Wilpons, get that silver spoon out of your butt. !!Pathetic.

  4. deadeyedesign23 - Sep 18, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Of course he’s going out late after games, he’s on the Mets. God let him take the edge off.

  5. p1nick - Sep 18, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    What a forehead

  6. yousuxxors - Sep 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    duda is worthless… davis actually has potential and is a good first baseman.

  7. ikedavisnose - Sep 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    The Wilpons are pathetic they just don’t want to have to pay anyone

  8. chill1184 - Sep 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Duda is better for the AL, the guy cannot play defense for shit.

  9. jfk69 - Sep 18, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    The Mets outfielders are in the same boat. Nobody is listening period.

  10. mazblast - Sep 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Davis is younger, better defensively, hits for power, and seems to be likable and popular with the fans (Mets fans, correct me if I’m wrong).

    Therefore, he is the one who must be dealt.

    OK, I got it.

    Bud, “in the best interests of baseball”, order the Wilpons to sell the team. I know the Wilpons are friends of yours, but show some mercy on Mets fans.

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