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Ike Davis will not be non-tendered by the Mets

Sep 9, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

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Ike Davis is an interesting problem. He started the year in the deepest of swoons and it got so bad that the Mets sent him back to Triple-A to figure stuff out.  There he did, and and after returning from Triple-A in early July he hit .267 with an .872 OPS in 48 games, posting a fantastic .429 on-base percentage with more walks (38) than strikeouts (35). Just a total turnaround. Then, man, he strained his oblique and got shut down for the year.

Quite a roller-coaster. But also a bit of a problem. For you see, Davis is arbitration-eligible and that means a pretty decent raise over his current $3.15 million salary. Which is great if he’s the Ike Davis of the second half of 2013 or the Ike Davis of 2012. Not so great if he’s the first-half Davis. And how the injury plays into it all is another variable.

Of course whether to tender Davis a contract is not my decision to make, it’s Sandy Alderson’s. For what it’s worth, Adam Rubin of ESPN reports that there is “no consideration being given” to non-tendering Davis.

I think that’s the right call. There’s no guarantee that Davis won’t continue to struggle for half-seasons at a time, but there’s also too much potential there — and no better option hanging around — to consider a non-tender. It’s hard to envision a successful Mets team any time soon that doesn’t feature an effective Ike Davis. There’s no guarantee that the Mets will get that, but they have to stick with him.

  1. b453841l - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Vanilla Ike Ike Davis

  2. The Dangerous Mabry - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Why exactly does it necessarily mean he’s in line for a big raise? His overall stat lines don’t necessarily support all that much more money than he’s making now, do they?

    • cruncher1201 - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:35 PM


  3. dondada10 - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    I disagree that there’s no better options.

    Lucas Duda may very well out produce Ike Davis.

    Wilmer Flores plays third and needs a position once David Wright comes back.

    Daniel Murphy probably has the organization’s best glove at first. He can platoon with Josh Satin, who murders lefties.

    • bolweevils2 - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Murphy just doesn’t hit well enough to be a first baseman. His OPS is .725 this year, and was .735 last year. That’s tolerable at 2B, but not at first.

      (In fairness, his OPS vs. RHP is .793, but that’s still not great. I’d guess most first basemen are well better than that against the opposite handed pitcher.)

  4. Old Gator - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Scrooge McLoria is watching closely from his frame shop in the penthouse of the former Pan Am Building. I think he leased it to get his hands on the heliport deck so he could have the industrial psychologist from Putney Swope visit unseen with more suggestions like “make sure all those contracts are heavily backloaded.” Anyway, Davis plays first base, and the Feesh will be looking for another non-third baseman to move to third base this orfseason. Placido Polanco, who violated that long-standing tradition – and made the Feesh pay frugally for their apostasy – will be switched to manicuring the infield and rolling tarps and as an occasional lefthanded bat orf the bench.

    Yes, I know he hits right handed – or pretends to, anyway – but that’s not the point here, is it?

  5. thebadguyswon - Sep 9, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    He’ll be non-tendered. They aren’t going to dole out $5M to this guy.

  6. Detroit Michael - Sep 9, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Holy double negative headline, Batman! Don’t not never do they irregardless of Davis’ performance.

    • Detroit Michael - Sep 9, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      “that” not “they” — I need an edit function.

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