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A lot of teams are interested in Ike Davis

Nov 13, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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Jon Heyman reports that the Astros, Orioles, Rays, Brewers, and Rockies have all checked in with the Mets about the asking price for Ike Davis.

The Mets are considering dealing Davis and going with Lucas Duda. This despite the fact that, recent troubles notwithstanding, Davis has shown serious promise in the past. Part of their desire to trade Davis over Duda could be that they simply think they’ve seen his best and have more confidence in Duda. Part of it could be that they know Davis has greater potential, but know that they can get more for him in a trade than Duda. In other words, the Duda + Davis haul > Davis + Duda haul in overall value.

Davis certainly would be an interesting reclamation projected. Especially for a team in a more hitter friendly ballpark.

  1. sdelmonte - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Don’t want to see him go, but if they can get a couple more good prospects, it makes sense. In theory, only a handful of Mets are untouchable anyway.

    • aphillieated - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      I want my Phillies to trade Michael Martinez and get a couple of good prospects too. Ike Davis are you serious? Man, you guys wouldn’t even get a bag of balls for him.

  2. The Dangerous Mabry - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Davis has shown some signs of promise, yes. But he’s also shown in the past couple of seasons that he’s got real issues “getting it going”, and hasn’t been able to stay on the field, either.

    His “strong” season (where he hit 32 homers) was a .227/.308/.462 line, which really isn’t something to write home about, though it’s true that most of the production came during a good second half. A lot of people got behind him after that, figuring the first half was the fluke (Valley Fever?) but he threw away most of that good will when he started the next season even worse, and while he was considered a strong fielder for a few years, even his glove was a problem last season.

    It’s possible he’s got some real upside and might turn into something great. It’s also possible that he’s had a few hot stretches through his relatively short career, and has teased people into overestimating him, not unlike a young Jeff Francoeur. Which may be an unfair comparison, because Davis has at least shown a consistent ability to draw a walk.

    • Francisco (FC) - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      What is it with ballplayers and walking? Most people master that ability when they’re a year old.

      • The Dangerous Mabry - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        Sure, but try walking with four balls. That’s bound to complicate things.

  3. stex52 - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    The guy had a .661 OPS and a negative WAR (Bref) in 2013. The Astros already have three first basemen who can do that. Besides, I thought this was supposed the year Jonathon Singleton rode from AAA to the rescue in Houston. I say pass on Davis.

    • stex52 - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      Sorry, Ike. I looked at the wrong column. His WAR was 0.2. Whoopeee.

  4. Ben Cerow - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Lucas Duda? What does Josh Satin have to do to get a little love?

    • xdj511 - Nov 13, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      I think that the idea would be to set up a platoon with either Davis or Duda and have Satin (a rightie) start against left-handed starters. Of the three of them Satin showed the most promise last season, and I’d definitely like to see him get a decent look.

    • paperlions - Nov 13, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      Satin will turn 29 next month. He’s a bench player.

      • Ben Cerow - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        A bench player with a .380 OBP last season? Nice luxury to have for the Mets, I suppose.

      • paperlions - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        He had a .379 BABIP last year, has little power and seems to be restricted to 1B defensively….and, he’s already 29. That is not an everyday player for a competitive team….for the Mets, sure, but not for a MLB team.

  5. kelshannon19 - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Jeff Luhnow would have to be stupid to trade any prospects for Ike Davis. No way Astros want Ike Davis. Guy is terrible. Didn’t even hit when he went down to AAA.

    • stex52 - Nov 13, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Even if you are hedging your bets on Singleton and think that Wallace can’t cut it. You still don’t go for Davis. I hope.

    • tsi431 - Nov 13, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Davis had a 1.091 OPS in AAA during his stint. 7 home runs in 75 AB’s and batted .293. What do you mean didn’t hit?

      Don’t get me wrong he still sucks and I don’t want him on the Mets anymore. But don’t spread lies.

      • paperlions - Nov 13, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        Do you know where the Mets AAA franchise plays baseball?

        Zack Wheeler put up an .817 OPS in AAA last year.

        In addition, major league pitchers don’t pitch in AAA. Those numbers mean nothing.

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