Updated Post 11:30 AM
Ike Davis said the following to the New York Post regarding reports that the Mets will consider trading him this offseason:
“If they trade me, they trade me. I can’t do anything about it. I have to do my job where I am at. … I think I can help teams win baseball games. That is all I want to do.”
Now it’s starting to become real…
When the players respond and it reaches them, the speculation or rumors begin to take on more relevance and a life of their own.
Of course, Sandy Alderson could put end all of this with one of his well prepared quotes. He could diffuse the situation if he wanted to, but I’m betting he doesn’t because there is a real truth to this and Ike Davis’ days are numbered.
All I hear is crickets…
This morning I read what Howard Megdal had to say about this and I was particularly taken by something he said:
“You could build an all star team of the guys the Mets have publicly disparaged on their own roster. It is self-defeating, and yet never seems to stop.”
I totally agree with him and I would add one more thing…
Whenever the Mets begin a negative whisper campaign and start spreading leaks that they are unhappy with one of their players, those players are always as good as gone.
I’m almost convinced now that Ike Davis is on his way out.
Lucas Duda was not being showcased for any trade, he has as much trade value as Josh Thole.
All Lucas Duda was doing at first base, was getting some on-the-job training for his new position in 2013.
That’s my opinion.
Original Post 9:45 AM
According to what a baseball source told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets will consider trading Ike Davis this offseason.
While that does not guarantee Davis will be moved, it at least is a very plausible option. Davis should be marketable despite a slow start because he is a 30-homer threat with the potential for above-average fielding at first base.
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.
Now this makes more sense to me as far as trading someone who actually has established good trade value even in a tough season for him.
This whole Lucas Duda being showcased speculation didn’t sound Kosher to me, and I wasn’t buying any of it. However getting Duda ready to play first base for the eventual trade of Ike Davis does make sense.
Nobody is breaking down doors for Duda, but for Davis there will be plenty of bidders. Not that I want to see Ike Davis traded, I don’t, but it makes sense.
And when your team is as bad as this one is, nobody should be untouchable.