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Ike Davis’ dad thinks the Mets “screwed up” any would-be trade of his son

Jan 22, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT

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Ike Davis‘ dad — former big leaguer Ron Davis — told the New York Daily News that the Mets screwed up the offseason plan to trade Davis. How? By making it so publicly apparent that they wanted to part ways with him:

“I think that’s why the Mets have really screwed up in that situation, because they’ve publicly done it so much,” he said. “It’s saying to my son, ‘Hey, we don’t want you anymore.’ So I think they backed themselves into a corner saying, “We want to trade you, but we want X amount.’ ”

He has no issue with the Mets shopping Ike and notes that it’s part of the game. It makes it awkward, though, when you (a) hurt your leverage by making it clear to everyone that you want to trade a guy; and (b) don’t trade the guy and everyone has to show up back in spring training as if none of it happened.

Hard to disagree with that. Teams that are successful rarely air their issues with a player, be they disappointment with their on-the-field development or off-the-field issues, in public. Teams that aren’t often do. The Mets often do.

  1. Ayana Rashed - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Reblogged this on Imarashed.

  2. fanofevilempire - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Is any Met fan really surprised about how they handled Ike’s situation, this is classic
    Mets @ work here.

  3. dlf9 - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Man, I really feel old. I remember Ron Davis as probably the first “set up men” when he played for the Yankees and pitched in front of Goose Gossage.

  4. xdj511 - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Yes, the Mets screwed up royally by publicly saying that they would trade Ike Davis, and then not trading Ike Davis. At least Ron has the cred of being a former major leaguer, if it was just some joe shmo dad he would probably be getting a lot of flak for speaking out about the situation.

    You have to figure that Sandy is asking too much for him from potentially interested teams like the Brewers and Orioles. Its like the kid on the playground that places way too much value on his baseball cards so that there’s no point trying to trade with him. If the Mets don’t want him anymore they really need to cut their losses, take a similarly flawed player or mid-level prospect, and move on.

    • Old Gator - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      I figured Sandy was smarter than this. I didn’t expect any quick fixes for them, given the baseline incompetence of the Wilpoons, but I did think Sandy would take a more methodical and measured approach to restructuring the team. This was an embarrassing outtake from amateur hour, and whatever his performance issues – which were largely rectified during the last half of last season anyway – Davis is a classy guy who deserved better from a team he has represented well.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jan 22, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        The story’s not over. IMO Sandy is just waiting for the Brewers to meet his price – nothing wrong with that. I’m also thoroughly underwhelmed with his second half “resurgence.” At best, Ike revivified the idea that he might have something left to offer. Maybe not much, but something.

  5. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    I love when the parents get involved.

  6. thebadguyswon - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    If Ike didn’t SUCK, this wouldn’t be a story.

    And how is openly shopping a player, disparaging a player?

    • Old Gator - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      It’s not so much that they disparaged him. It’s that they shot themselves in the foot instead of playing it in a way that would return the value they were looking for.

      • thebadguyswon - Jan 22, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        Oh I agree. But it’s dumb to sell low in the first place.

  7. pjmitch - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    If Ike would perform his job like he is expected to (or at least 75% of that) possibly there would be no need for any conversation about trading him

    And his Daddy Ron trying to jockey for position with Colby Ramus’ dad for most annoying?

    • jeffbbf - Jan 22, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      re: Daddy Ron –

      yeah – maybe we should take your opinion instead of his. problem is…nobody is seeking your opinion because you’re not in that enviable position of being an ex-major leaguer, and the father of a current major leaguer. Daddy Ron might just actually have an idea about the subject he is talking about.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jan 22, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        That’s one of the dumbest comments I’ve ever read. Ever. Ron Davis has zero front office experience. Being an ex-player and the father of a current player gives Ron Davis absolutely no authority or wisdom on the subject of trade negotiations.

        As a non-MLB player-father and a non-MLB ex-player I think Ike Davis torpedoed his own trade chances by failing to hit his weight.

      • pjmitch - Jan 22, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        I didn’t ask you to take anything from me ass wipe

      • pjmitch - Jan 22, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        Amen, Uncle Moses

  8. happytwinsfan - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    totally off topic, but this brings back one of my favorite baseball memories, an event i think should be as celebrated as lou gehrig day.

    in the early eighties davis was the twins closer. the twins were in the midst of a miserable 100 loss type season, so close games in which the twins were ahead going into the ninth were few and to be savored. going into the game, davis had blown the last two in a row. when he came out onto the field, instead of booing him off the field, the crowd at the dome gave him a standing ovation. following that collective pat on the back, he reached down and struck out the side.

    • hep3 - Jan 22, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      Nice folks in Minnesota. Well done.

  9. nyfootballgiants - Jan 22, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Personally, I don’t think they ever were looking to trade him. I think it was more – if we get overwhelmed we’d be interested in dealing him. But, it doesn’t hurt them to keep him and see how this season plays out (or if there is an injury in spring training/early season which creates a market)

  10. tonyc920 - Jan 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    The Brewers wanted him but the Mets were asking for too much compensation. Our GM shut down the negotiations and started signing F.A.’s like Overbay and Reynolds.
    Apparently it’s a “Deal or No Deal” mentality with the Mets. No Deal is the result.

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