The Mets struggles this season has made one thing very clear; they are very far from being a good baseball team. This is not a team that’s just missing one or two pieces, it’s much more than that. Factor in ownership that now seems unwilling to spend money to bring in talent via free agency and Sandy Alderson and company are left to deal with a difficult situation. There’s no easy solution, so management needs to get clever and for the first time in a long time, the fan base seems open to just about anything because things have hit rock bottom.
As we enter the offseason I was sure rumors surrounding David Wright and even Jonathon Niese would begin to pick up, but now there’s another name to throw into the mix; Ike Davis. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, “the Mets will consider trading Ike Davis this offseason as a way to upgrade other areas of the team and open a spot for Lucas Duda at his natural position”. But wait, there’s more:
The Mets are disappointed with Davis’ unwillingness to make changes based on coaching advice. Although he is personable and by no means a troublemaker, they also worry — fairly or unfairly — he is out too late after games, and that could influence other young players.”
Oh brother, apparently Ike isn’t a 25-year-old boy scout after all. Davis has a team-leading 27 homers on the season and has brought his average up to .223 after a horrendous start to the year.
I’m not sold on Duda in the field…..at any position….in any park, but apparently the Mets are under the impression that a switch to first might be something he can handle and may also help him focus at the plate. If they’re steadfast in that belief, then it certainly opens the door up for Davis to leave. As Mike Puma of the New York Post wrote early this morning, it’s Davis who holds the higher market value of the team’s two young sluggers:
Ike Davis can read the writing on the wall — literally, considering the Mets post their lineup in a hallway outside the home clubhouse at Citi Field.
And that writing, lately, has included the name Lucas Duda at first base against left-handed starting pitchers. The company line is the Mets want Duda playing every day, but a subtle message has been sent to Davis that he could be headed elsewhere this offseason.
According to a major league talent evaluator who has scouted the Mets, the fact Davis rebounded from a horrendous start to hit 27 homers and drive in 81 runs this season gives him a higher trade value than Duda, who still has not played an entire major league season.”
I really think there’s a good chance of some young players being shipped out this offseason, including Davis, Daniel Murphy, and even Jonathon Niese. At this point I wouldn’t be heartbroken to see anyone on this team go, because I just want to get back to a point where I enjoy watching New York Mets baseball. It doesn’t seem like that time is coming soon, or at least with the roster the way it is, so have at it Sandy Alderson, it’s time to earn your money and live up to your reputation.
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