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Ike Davis assured by Mets GM demotion is not imminent

May 19, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

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Ike Davis went 0-for-4 in the Mets’ loss to the Cubs on Saturday and is batting just .156/.238/.359 in 39 total games this season. But the Mets’ decision-makers still aren’t ready to do anything drastic.

Despite some reports to the contrary, Davis was assured Saturday by Mets general manager Sandy Alderson that a demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas is not imminent. This according to Marc Carig, who serve as the Mets beat writer for Newsday.

Davis estimated to reporters that he has about a month to turn it around before that move is made.

The 26-year-old first baseman got off to a slow start in 2012 and went on to bat .255/.346/.542 with 20 home runs and 41 RBI over 75 games in the second half. The Mets will be hoping for more of the same here in 2013.

  1. dondada10 - May 19, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    I suppose the organization’s thinking is that they don’t have anybody better to man first.

    I tend to disagree, but alternatives would cause a lot of changes throughout the 25 man roster.

    None the less, the Mets are probably better off with Daniel Murphy at first, and Justin Turner at second. Hell, just play Turner at first if you want Murphy to stay at the keystone.

    But Duda at first, his natural position. You would alleviate the outfield of his lack of mobility, and would put him at a position where UZR doesn’t think he’s awful. This allows you to put Valdespin in the line-up full time.

    Call up Wilmer Flores. He hasn’t torn up AAA, but he’s still young for that league and has a strong BB/K rate. He’s new to first, but has been okay so far.

    Hell, Josh Satin can’t be worse than Ike.

    • jerze2387 - May 19, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      id like the idea of Duda at 1B, but instead of valdespin everyday in the OF (as much as i like him), id like to see Nieuwenhuis start in the OF. he plays good defense, hits better than ike (but who doesnt..ike Eisenhower would be a better option. Ike Turner had more hits than Ike Davis on Tina alone. I could go on, but i wont)

      • jwbiii - May 19, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        It has both alleged and denied that this guy was Eisenhower playing under an assumed name.

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=wilson080—

      • jwbiii - May 19, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        It’s on page 17.

        http://books.google.com/books?id=skkEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA13&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=2#v=onepage&q&f=false

  2. nygf - May 19, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Sometimes, a team needs to hit rock bottom in order for real change to occur. Hope they lose 100 games and nobody shows up to the park. I don’t want to see Terry “Happy to actually have a job” Collins or Sandy “Helped build some good A’s teams…oh right, steroids” Alderson anywhere near this team going forward. If we’re gonna have a top 5 (3?) pick somebody other than this yutz needs to make it.

    Of course, this is all moot so long as the Wilpons are still around. Anybody really think they’re financially stable and are going to spend $$ with all the albatross contracts off the books next year? Well, considering the only reason we’re going to watch another Hefner start next week instead of a Wheeler start is spending $$ down the road. That’s not a good sign. Time to try and hit em where it hurts the most, folks: right in the wallet.

    • chill1184 - May 19, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      “Anybody really think they’re financially stable and are going to spend $$ with all the albatross contracts off the books next year?”

      Unfortunately since Wilpon doesn’t have to submit to an MLB audit nobody really knows the answer.

      “Well, considering the only reason we’re going to watch another Hefner start next week instead of a Wheeler start is spending $$ down the road.”

      You do realize that if Alderson said publicly that he was waiting for Super 2 status the MLBPA would be on his ass before he finishes the sentence right?

      “Time to try and hit em where it hurts the most, folks: right in the wallet.”

      Even then, Commrade Selig will make sure his best buddy Wilpon retains ownership of the team one way or another. Revenue sharing that goes on in MLB prevents owners from being choked financially.

      • nygf - May 19, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        Fair enough, but:

        Wait and see how they approach FA next offseason, but I have no reason to trust them and am entitled to my doubts. If they really had the $$ they supposedly offered Bourn (you don’t think it’s a possibility Boras and the Wilpons used each other; Boras from a negotiation standpoint and the Mets misleading us fans into believing they were real players in FA?), I have to believe they would have spent some of it on an OF who could at least hit his weight.

        Sure, he can’t go out and say it but it could still be true. Hopefully for our sake he’ll be good enough to warrant a substantial payday via arbitration.

        They’re in bed with Selig, but ownership can change. May take a while but it certainly has happened.

        Trust me, I’m as a big a Mets fan as there is but it’s to the laundry only. Collins and Alderson at this point seem like Art Howe/Jim Duquette 2.0. The Wilpons, though they have thankfully been less visible as of late, still operate under the belief that their fans are all idiots as they search for new creative ways to alienate and insult the intelligence of the people who were Mets fans before they were there, and will be screaming at the Mets on their television sets long after they’re gone.

      • paperlions - May 19, 2013 at 7:54 PM

        I doubt the Mets get money in revenue sharing, they probably actually pay in. Revenue sharing is based on net local income, not profit, and most of it is based on a team’s local media deal. The Mets deal is $65M/year, which puts them in the upper tier and likely getting less out of the shared pool than they put in.

      • chill1184 - May 19, 2013 at 8:13 PM

        @nygf

        Wilpon says he’s out of debt than he needs to prove it. If Alderson needs to get a player (or sign Harvey to a deal) then Wilpon needs hand Alderson the checkbook.

        I could care less about Boras. IMO he’s a side show, I strongly doubt he has access to Wilpon’s finances other than what the public knows already.

        @paperlions

        Your probably right but my point is that this isnt like the 60s, 70s and 80s where fans can actually have an affect on ownership in which the embattled owner gives up and leaves. In these times, bad owners stay entrenched unless the league interferes. The relationship between Selig and Wilpon (hell while we’re on the subject Loria too) will prevent MLB from doing anything to kick out Wilpon.

  3. randygnyc - May 19, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Davis gets an extra long leash, IMO, because of how he turned his season around last year. They may also have an insight into his psyche that won’t adapt well to a demotion. Hard to give up on a 30 hr guy when the mets are starving for power.

  4. EJL - May 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    They should just send him down for three or four weeks to let him work on his stance and swing and build up some confidence. The poor guy just looks lost at the plate, and it seems tougher for him to figure out what’s wrong under so much scrutiny and pressure. I fully expect Ike to be a 35-40 homer guy who hits .260 or .265 over a whole season eventually, but it won’t be this year.

  5. 13arod - May 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    how about bench him for 2 games

  6. flamethrower101 - May 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    I don’t like the way Davis assumes he’s going to have as long a leash as he did last year. “Once again, I’ll probably have a month or whatever to figure it out.” That’s from The Star Ledger. It didn’t even come from Alderson himself, just Davis. Hopefully he can turn it around again but frankly with how he started last year I’m surprised he hasn’t been demoted already, or at the very least benched.

    I also have a bad feeling that there are unfair expectations placed on him after a strong 2011 campaign that was cut very short by a bad ankle injury. .302 with 7 homers, but at this point he seems like he’ll turn out to be a low-average, high-power hitter like Adam Dunn or Ryan Howard.

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