What Does The Future Hold For Davis, Duda and Murphy?
Rusty said something interesting in his This Day In Mets Infamy column this morning…
I think we are watching Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda play their final games as Mets…
In that above photo, taken a year ago, we went into the 2012 offseason convinced that those three would all be a a part of the new Mets core… Now none of them are seen that way anymore either by the fans or the front office. By the time next Spring rolls around, I’m pretty certain that two of them will no longer be with the Mets, but I have a strong sense that one of them will definitely be retained and with good reason…
Ike Davis – It’s all over, but the crying…. I saw the end coming last September for Davis and predicted he would be traded over the Winter. I was wrong, but the front office should have heeded my advice… Ever since the middle of Spring Training, they have regretted the decision to keep Davis rather than pawning him off while he still had some trade value. He is absolutely worthless in trade now, and no team will take on his upcoming arbitration award. Also throw in the fact that he ends the season with an oblique injury… He will be non-tendered and of that I am certain. I give the front office credit for a lot of the things they do right, but not moving Davis when they had the chance was a bad call… First base may seem unsettled going into the 2014 season, but one certainty is that you won’t see Davis there on Opening Day. Put it in the books…
Lucas Duda – You can probably wave goodbye to Duda too… He’s already spent two trips in AAA for a good brain-scrubbing and he still doesn’t get it. How can someone built like an ox, hit like a sheep? There was always this fascination that Duda would one day become a solid power hitter for the Mets and mash a lot of home runs for us. But there was never anything to support that statistically. I just took a quick glance at his minor league numbers and in 2,183 plate appearances he’s hit only 61 home runs. He’ll be 28 in February and has shown no signs of improvement (2012 – .239 BA, 2013 – .236 BA) or any upside to get excited about. He was practically thrown under the bus by Sandy on WFAN and when asked about him he simply said, “lets just say he’s not a core player.” That sounds like a death sentence to me.
Daniel Murphy – This is the one the Mets keep and nothing would make me happier. (Actually, a stack of pancakes drenched in maple syrup would make me very happy right now.) Murphy is one of the most likable players on the team both with the fans and his teammates. His influence in the clubhouse cannot be overstated and throw-in the fact that he’s very tight with David Wright. Of course none of that matters in a statistical sense, but this does… Murphy is the only one of the three that is outproducing what he’s getting paid and by more than triple. Value is huge with this front office and Murphy has given them plenty of it. As we’ve seen a few times this season, when Murph is hot, he can literally carry the offense on his own. He bats anywhere in the lineup, doesn’t look clueless at the plate like Duda and Davis, and he’s done everything the team has asked of him with no gripes. He’s a doubles machine who can drive in runs and this season he’s used his speed more as evidenced by his career high 18 swipes. He’ll likely finish the season with 90 runs scored, a noteworthy accomplishment when you consider what’s been batting behind him this season. Trust me on this, Murphy will be back in some capacity in 2014. His role may not yet be defined, but his place on the team is virtually assured.
So there you have it, The Double-D’s are gone, and the Irish Hammer stays…
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
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