Mets Dance Partners at First Base? There’s Not Many

An article by posted on January 5, 2014

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Are you a GM looking for a First Baseman?

Crickets.

Exactly.

Let’s look at the players currently listed as the #1 player at first base depth chart on the official MLB team websites. If you were a GM, would you replace that player with either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda?

Baltimore OriolesChris Davis. Crash made 155 starts at first base in 2013 and led the AL in Home Runs and RBI’s. A possibility if Chris moves to DH, but not a necessity.

Boston Red SoxMike Napoli. He just signed a 2 year deal for $32 million. Nope.

New York YankeesMark Teixeira. Under contract through 2016. Nope.

Tampa Bay Rays - James Loney. Just got a 3 year contract for $21 million. Nope.

Toronto Blue JaysEdwin Encarnacion. Signed through 2015 with 2016 team option. Nope.

Chicago White SoxJose Abreu. Cuban defector and slugger who signed with the White Sox as a free agent in October. Nope.

Cleveland IndiansNick Swisher. Signed through 2016 with 2017 vesting option. Nope.

Detroit TigersMiguel Cabrera. Absolutely not.

Kansas City RoyalsEric Hosmer. Gold Glove. .302 hitter. Not eligible for free agency until 2018. Nope.

Minnesota TwinsJoe Mauer. They just moved him to First. Nope.

Houston AstrosBrett Wallace. 27 years old. Hasn’t done much in the majors. They also have a 22 year old First Base prospect in Jonathan Singleton, so this is unlikely.

Los Angeles AngelsAlbert Pujols. Under contract until 2021. Nope.

Oakland A’sBrandon Moss. 30 HR in 2013 and not eligible for free agency until 2017. Nope.

Seattle MarinersJustin Smoak. Strikes out. Has some power. Doesn’t hit for a high average. Under team control. A possibility, but why trade what you know for what you don’t know?

Texas RangersPrince Fielder. Nope.

Atlanta BravesFreddie Freeman. Nope.

Florida Marlins - Garrett Jones. Just signed for 2 years and $7.5 million. Nope.

Philadelphia PhilliesRyan Howard. Signed through 2016 with 2017 team option. He’s been hurt. He’s not the player he once was. But the Mets aren’t trading with the Phillies.

Washington NationalsAdam LaRoche. Signed for 2014 with 2015 mutual option. Nope.

Chicago CubsAnthony Rizzo. Signed through 2019 with options for 2020-21. Nope.

Cincinnati RedsJoey Votto. Nope.

Milwaukee BrewersJuan Francisco. Earliest free agency 2018. 26 years old. Some power. Strikes out a lot. Doesn’t hit for a high average. A possibility.

Pittsburgh PiratesGaby Sanchez. A possibility if Pedro Alvarez isn’t moved to first base.

St. Louis CardinalsMatt Adams. Pre-arbitration eligible slugging first baseman. Nope.

Arizona DiamondbacksPaul Goldschmidt. Signed through 2018 with 2019 team option. Nope.

Colorado Rockies - Justin Morneau. Just signed for 2 years, $12.5 million with 2016 mutual option. Nope.

Los Angeles DodgersAdrian Gonzalez. Signed through 2018. Nope.

San Diego Padres – Yader Alonso. Pre-arbitration eligible. Hasn’t done much in the majors – not likely, but a possibility.

San Francisco GiantsBrandon Belt. First year arbitration eligible coming off a good 2013 campaign. Nope.

Orioles, Mariners, Brewers, Pirates, Padres. None of them have any major incentive to make an overwhelming offer to acquire Ike Davis. A trade for Duda by any of these teams wouldn’t net a top prospect as he’d just be in the mix to compete and won’t be guaranteed a job before spring training ends.

Teams would rather use the designated hitter spot to mix and match, give other position players a blow, etc. Unless they are acquiring a star to play DH everyday, no team is going to go all-out for a player who barely touched .200 in the last two years to be their DH – no matter how seductive his power looks.

mmo

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Roger is a lifelong Mets fan since 1981, now married with kids and still knows that there is no such thing as a bad day at the ballpark with your child. Growing up, he wanted to be either the Second Baseman for the Mets - or their statistician. Follow him at @BigMetsFan1. email me at metsfanontwitter@aol.com

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