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Mets and Ike Davis avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Jan 16, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT

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According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets and first baseman Ike Davis have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

Davis, who was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter, will receive a slight increase in salary from the $3.125 million he made last year. Of course, that’s mostly a function of the process, as his .205/.326/.334 batting line from 2013 didn’t exactly scream raise.

The Mets have discussed trade scenarios involving Davis this winter, most notably with the Brewers and Orioles, but they haven’t found a taker yet. That could change in the coming weeks, but the 26-year-old will compete with Lucas Duda for the first base job during spring training assuming he sticks around. 2014 is a big year for Davis, as he figures to be a non-tender candidate next offseason if he doesn’t bounce back.

  1. uyf1950 - Jan 16, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Only in professional sports and MLB specifically does almost a $400K raise qualify as “a slight increase”.

    • Reflex - Jan 16, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      Its a bit more than a 10% annual raise. Substantial, yes, but not a huge increase either. Looking at whole numbers makes it sound higher, but its a specialized profession and in the context of that profession it was a small raise.

      Also, I believe that you are incorrect with your ‘only in professional sports’ label. There are dozens of professions where $400k would be considered a ‘slight increase’. Fortune 1000 CEO’s for instance, rising actors, large fund managers, etc etc etc.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 16, 2014 at 7:09 PM

        That’s true and for the most part in those other professions compensation is based on performance not only the individuals but also the particular corporation/business. Can the same be said about Ike Davis and the Mets?

      • Reflex - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:30 PM

        Well I’d point out that its not just based on one year’s performance, its based on a lot of other factors, including his peers salaries, past performance, seniority, etc. Even at the price he is getting he is underpaid simply by virtue of not being a free agent. He would easily get this amount on the open market by another team banking on his age and skill growth.

  2. raynman49 - Jan 16, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    I’m rooting for Ike. I want to dust off my “I Like Ike” t-shirt!

  3. jetzman - Jan 16, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    400k increase for failing!! Only in sports. In the real work scene you’d be on warning or termed!!

    • Old Gator - Jan 16, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      Tell that to Steve Ballmer.

      • Reflex - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:35 PM

        The guy who has consistently led Microsoft to record profits, conquered home game consoles, built the second most popular cloud platform in Azure and in one decade took Microsoft from 3% of the server/IT market to 72%?

        I worked there for long enough to know that for all his faults, and there are many, on balance he was an excellent CEO who took them from the frat house environment they were when I started there in the 90’s to a mature software delivery house by the mid-00’s. They have made their missteps, and they certainly were late to revamping their mobile line, but they also had huge victories over the past decade and continually rising profits and presence in markets where they are less visible than the flagship Windows and Office products.

      • Old Gator - Jan 17, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        I don’t care. Vista will be the stain that dooms him to ignominy. As it well ought to.

      • Reflex - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:07 AM

        1) Because he personally developed Vista.
        2) Everyone liked Vista when it was rebranded “Windows 7” and was essentially the exact same code with only minimal polish added. And don’t tell me it wasn’t, I was a core engineer for both.

        Vista suffered from OEM’s who did not release proper drivers for the OS at launch, resulting in a seemingly sluggish and crash prone OS. The nearly exact same OS was released three years later, without any substantial changes, and it was hailed as the best version of Windows ever. The only difference was that third parties were on board.

        Its comical how often people blame MS. Its an open architecture. MS is at the mercy of hardware manufacturers.

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