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Team USA considering Ike Davis to replace Mark Teixeira

Mar 5, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT

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ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin spoke with “an official familiar with the process” on Tuesday night about how Team USA is planning to replace first baseman Mark Teixeira for the 2013 WBC.

One option, the official confessed, is the Mets’ Ike Davis, an Arizona native. Though that same official noted that “a lot of names are being considered.”

Paul Konerko would probably go, and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports says Prince Fielder can become “America’s first WBC hero.” Ryan Howard of the Phillies, Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks and Freddie Freeman of the Braves are some of the other potential options.

Teixeira suffered a strained right wrist while hitting off a tee Tuesday before Team USA’s exhibition game against the White Sox. He has been removed from the WBC roster and sent to New York for testing.

Davis, 25, batted .227/.308/.462 with 32 home runs and 90 RBI in 156 games last season.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    C’mon man, that’s like water for chocolate.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      What does that mean?

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 6, 2013 at 12:39 AM

        Like chocolate, Mark Teixeira is really good. Like water, Ike Davis is replacement-level and soon to be scarce.

      • tsi431 - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:16 AM

        Ike Davis had more home runs and rbi’s last year, and equal to Teixeira in defense (granted in more games played). Teixeira has .020 better batting average. Not much difference between the two at all. Oh and 7 years younger.

  2. cadillacjosh - Mar 6, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    C’mon Fielder. It’d be a thrill for this Brewer fan to see them together again.

  3. thebadguyswon - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    On what planet is 32 hr “replacement level”?

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Do not take Ryan Howard. The Big Piece is zoned in right now and bashing both lefties and righties. Don’t mess him up with that stupid tournament that (just about) nobody gives a damn about except HBT.

  5. flavadave10 - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Chris Davis could be another option. And Team USA could definitely use a lefty power hitter. As an added bonus, he can pitch too!

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