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Mets now expect to keep first baseman Ike Davis

Jan 5, 2014, 4:17 PM EDT

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The Mets have discussed trading first baseman Ike Davis this winter to the Orioles, Pirates, Brewers and Rays. But there’s been no match yet and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York writes Sunday that “Mets insiders” now believe Davis will be reporting to Port St. Lucie, Florida next month for spring training.

Davis, who’s projected to make over $3.5 million this season in his first taste of salary arbitration, batted .205/.326/.334 with nine home runs, 33 RBI and 101 strikeouts in 377 plate appearances for New York in 2013. He had 32 home runs and 90 RBI in 2012.

The Mets can revisit the Davis market when they get to camp and other teams are having to patch holes from inevitable springtime injuries. Lucas Duda would be the primary fill-in for the Mets at first base.

  1. thebadguyswon - Jan 5, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Alderson can’t trade Davis. His value is low and the backlash from the fans, should he traded him and watch him hit 32 home runs again, would be staggering.

    • k1211 - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:20 AM

      exactly, I am not giving up on Ike yet, however if he has another start like he had the last 2 years, then it is time to let go of him, he may hit 30+ Home Runs on another team, but he aint gonna do it on the Mets, and he aint gonna do it when we need it

  2. kappy32 - Jan 5, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    I can’t say that I’m upset with this move, or to be more precise, a lack of a move. Davis has shown that he is capable of hitting 30 HR in the majors, something his “fill-in” Lucas Duda has not shown. If the Mets couldn’t trade Davis as part of a package that brought back a quality, power bat with average, then the Mets should keep him. Only getting a mid-level, middle reliever projected prospect in a 1 for 1 deal wasn’t worth it. As for Lucas Duda, he is a bum & doesn’t deserve to be handed the first base job. He was handed the starting RF job in 2012 & he found himself demoted to AAA before September. He was then handed the starting LF job going into 2013 & once again he got demoted for playing like garbage. For some odd reason, Mets fans think that Duda will turn it around & be a world-beater once he plays at first base. I don’t buy it; they said the same thing with his move to LF. Duda has played enough for the team & fans to get an idea of what he is & he’s not a good player, definitely not a ML-caliber starting first baseman. Davis, on the other hand, has been a sort of an enigma. He hit 35 HR in 2012, but hit only .230. He fell off completely last year & looked lost at the plate. Hopefully all of this trade talk will light a fire under him & he’ll rediscover his hitting stroke for 2014. I would feel more comfortable wagering money that Davis will turn it around before Duda ever puts up a productive season. Bottom line:
    Davis > Duda, x10

    • thebadguyswon - Jan 5, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      Lucas Duda is a joke. He’s another one of the minor-league caliber players the Alderson regime has trotted out there the past three seasons.

      Duda is pure garbage.

      • President Charles Logan - Jan 5, 2014 at 8:24 PM

        The Mets continue to hinge their hopes and dreams on the Ike Davis’s the Ruben Tejada’s and the Lucas Duda’s of the world ……………… lol, what a poorly run organization from top to bottom they are and have been for years .

      • thebadguyswon - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        Blah, blah, blah.

        In fact, the Mets are loaded with young power pitching and will turn the ship around in a couple years.

      • President Charles Logan - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:48 AM

        Matt Harvey will have a rag arm once he recovers from surgery. Wheeler will wind up better then him..

        after that?……who knows ..

        You’re buried for years Muts fans…. the poor little red headed step cousins to the rest of the NL

      • thebadguyswon - Jan 6, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        You don’t even troll well.

      • President Charles Logan - Jan 6, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        you’re right I dont troll well I just state the facts.

      • thebadguyswon - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        Shouldn’t you be in school right now?

      • President Charles Logan - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        I’ve forgotten more about the sport of Baseball then you even know about it right now . Come up with a better comeback then that son.

      • bolweevils2 - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        I don’t know why you guys assume Duda is a bum while Davis is worth a shot. Defensively, I don’t have a clue how Duda would be at first, so I can’t compare him to Davis. But based on offensive WAR, Davis has generated 4.2 wins over 1711 career at bats, or about 1.2 wins per 500 at bat.

        Meanwhile, Duda has an oWAR of 3.6 in 1282 career ABs, or about 1.4 wins per 500 at bats.

        So who knows which of them is the better hitter? Both have been about even (and not that great) overall so far in their career. I see no evidence that Duda is clearly “not a good player”, “a joke”, and “garbage” any more than Davis is. If one of them is a joke, then they both are. If one is worth giving another chance, giving another chance, both are.

        Problem is, they both play the same position, and they are basically the same guy.

  3. nymets4ever - Jan 5, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Probably a good idea at this point. Ike hit 32 bombs in the not-too-distant past – despite his struggles since, that alone makes him more valuable than whatever insulting offers other teams have come up with.

    If you’re not ready to part with a legitimate prospect for our 30 home run guy, then screw you, we’ll hang onto him, thank you very much.

    Besides, I’d rather risk Ike Davis’ floor than live with Lucas Duda’s pitiful ceiling. Let’s Go Mets!

    • Old Gator - Jan 6, 2014 at 6:59 AM

      You do mean “our .205, nine home run, swing hard in case you hit it guy,” don’t you? Or maybe you really do see a thirty home run guy. I think it’s great that you can coordinate all your incoherent personalities, each one seeing a slightly inflated 9.3333 home runs, into a single rancid voice (with its obligatory, mindlessly wrathful-at-the-world muttsfever “screw you” as your typical punctuation mark) and blinker yourself to Davis’ “this is the real me” 2013 (as you blinker yourself to…well, to yourself, which, given your self, is about the only thing that makes some kind of utilitarian sense about you).

      • nymets4ever - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:37 AM

        It’s always rich when a senile, clinically insane fan of the most dysfunctional, moribund franchise in baseball (and quite possibly professional sports) tries ripping another team’s players. Go wax poetic about Casey McGehee and Ed Lucas or something.

        Better yet, go read the inside jacket of another book and use inflated language while mindlessly rambling about it like you’ve read it cover-to-cover a hundred times. That’ll impress everyone for sure and win you more of those oh-so-coveted e-points you seem to base your entire self-worth on.

      • Old Gator - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        You forget to end with “lol.” Now nobody will think you’re funny, not even yourself.

      • Old Gator - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        PS – you’re no better at pop psychologizing than you are at anything else. Be a dentist.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:56 PM

        Nevermind old gasser there nymets4ever, he’s always this cranky when he runs out of depends. Anyway good post, keep up the good work, I am a big fan and you are a breath of fresh air on this otherwise lame azz board!!

  4. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 5, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    There goes the big splash Baltimore was planning on making in the off-season.

  5. e5tolife - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Weird….you mean teams don’t want to give up quality prospects for a dude batting .205?

    • murph180 - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:11 AM

      Who cares about batting average when you hit 32 hrs and 90 ribs?

      • Old Gator - Jan 6, 2014 at 7:00 AM

        Er – the same ones who care when you hit nine home runs and 33 ribs?

      • bolweevils2 - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        Homers and RBI? Isn’t that a rather, let’s say “old school” to be charitable, method of player evaluation?

  6. brewcrewfan54 - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    As a Brewers fan this is fantastic news. I did not want to see the Brewers give up anything for this guy.

    • bbk1000 - Jan 5, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      What’s wrong, it bothers you that he doesn’t take PED’s?

      • thebadguyswon - Jan 5, 2014 at 7:23 PM

        Nice

      • stex52 - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:51 AM

        More likely the fact that the guy was a walking disaster area in 2013. How much do you gamble on a rebound?

        Not much, I think.

  7. thebadguyswon - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Well, the Neanderthals and half-wits that have never seen a sabermetric stat in their life tend to hone in on the batting average. Therefore, they ignore his 380 OBP after his demotion to Triple AAA last season. And the fact that he’s 26 and hit a boatload of homers in 2012.

    But I relent – his batting average is awful.

    • Old Gator - Jan 6, 2014 at 6:41 AM

      He could learn a great deal from Dan Uggla, couldn’t he?

      (That’s not to say that I’m suggesting the Mutts trade for him by any means – just expressing my faith in VETERAN PRESENCE. It’s just a reflex I picked up from studying the Feesh front orifice strategies. Anyway, whereas Minaya might have been that dumb, I don’t believe Alderson ever would be.)

    • stex52 - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      So how much do you wager on the right Ike showing up? We’re not just talking about the Neanderthals, obviously none of the GM’s are all that interested in Ike.

      To me he’s a lot like the Will Middlebrooks problem in Boston. There may be a lot of potential; or you may end up with a couple of strikeout machines.

      • Old Gator - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        I suppose that in lieu of his prior record you might want to wager something, but surely not a top tier prospect, highly regarded pitcher or everyday player. You might offer a decent journeyman and some package of mid-level prospects or depth chart stuffers as long as the Mutts pay a chunk of Davis’ salary into the bargain.

        I do agree that a guy who hit 32 home runs in CitiField should command some attention (though on second thought, what was his home/away split? It’s not worth it to me to look that up at the moment since I’ve got a couple of kick-off-the-year deadlines looming). Also, the guy is pretty affable and does apparently have fan appeal, and ticket sales count for something.

        All of this is by way of saying that Davis has worth. He did better after he came back from the boondocks last season so maybe we just didn’t get to see the real Ike. Then again, maybe the pitchers in the league just figured out the real Ike last season and he couldn’t adjust. A lot of “ifs.”

        And there’s always a year in Japan if he can’t find his old self this season. What with Godzilla doing San Francisco this year, he’d be safe over there, at any rate.

      • thebadguyswon - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        All I know is they can’t trade him. Makes no sense. If they wanted to move him, the time was after the 2012 season. Too late now.

  8. President Charles Logan - Jan 5, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Ike Davis will never ever even come close to hitting 20 hone runs again, let alone 30. This fluke got figured out by scouts and by pitchers really quick and he’s not even a regular everyday MLB player these days . Nobody wanted him him , period especially with what that dope Alderson was asking for in return lol

    • thebadguyswon - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      Is that the same dope that got Zack Wheeler for two months of Beltran? And the same dope that got Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud for RA Dickey? Yeah, what an idiot!!

      • President Charles Logan - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:43 AM

        Travis d’Arnaud ?? unproven , play a full season then talk to me ….
        Noah Syndergaard …lol who? again unproven has ever even suited up for a MLB game yet?
        Mets fans love to live off the what if’s or the could be’s .. hinging on those “young guns” , kind of like how those cant miss guys like Bill Pulsipher and Paul Wilson and Scott Kazmir all helped the Muts for so long

      • Old Gator - Jan 6, 2014 at 7:09 AM

        Logan, you need to live in the present despite the apparent television pollution of your nervous system. You insist on conflating the team’s ancient history with its current situation, despite having the realities of the current administration pointed out to you. Again, however difficult it is to perforate your density, Minaya’s not pulling the strings anymore, thank Buddha. Read badguy’s comment again: Alderson landed two excellent prospects for guy there was no point in re-signing as an F/A given how far the team had to go, and who was almost surely going to leave anyway. It was a smart maneuver from a smart GM laboring under onerous budget constraints.

      • thebadguyswon - Jan 6, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        Like I told him in another comment, he doesn’t even troll well. Very amateur.

  9. benrob99 - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Yeah no S*#& the Mets are going to “hold onto him”. Did you see the ridiculous proposed players they wanted back for this stiff? No GM in the world would give them what they wanted for THAT guy.

  10. jimboslice1 - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Logan is the Lucas Duda of trolling.

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