While Collins Continues To Skirt Issue On Ike Davis, What About Derrek Lee?

This morning, Jessep already laid out a great case as to why first baseman Ike Davis should be demoted to Buffalo with all expediency and I don’t have anything more to add to that. But on that front, Terry Collins was asked again about the situation yet he continues to dance around the issue. Adam Rubin documented the moment on his blog at ESPN New York:

The Mets have been resolute in dismissing the minors as an option for Ike Davis, but Terry Collins is not promising an indefinite starting role at first base.

With Jason Bay now having returned from the disabled list, Collins was asked if he might consider using Lucas Duda at first base, which would alleviate some of the outfield crowding.

The manager’s response: “Not yet.”

So when then?

“I don’t know,” Collins added. “Good question. If I had an answer, I’d give it to you.”

I don’t mind a strong-willed manager who stands his ground, but not to the detriment of the team and it’s hard for me to believe he continues to wrestle with a decision that has become so crystal clear in it’s clarity of what needs to be done.

I mean, come on already… Davis is currently the worst hitting position player (.160 AVG) in the majors… What’s the delay?

Free agent Derrek Lee’s popped up a few times in this morning’s thread as a potential target for the Mets to replace Ike Davis.

Pauly METS! commented:

Can someone please tell Sandy to sign Derrek Lee. A 1 year, 4 million contract is not that bad. If Lee agrees then send Ike down and when Ike turns everything around and stays consistent and producing in AAA then platoon him and Lee (Ike vs righties and Lee vs lefties) and then when Ike shows us what we missed in 2011 then leave Lee on the bench as a righty power bat alongside Scotty.

Tommy2cat replied:

Truly an outstanding suggestion. Derrek Lee is a Gold Glove caliber quality right-handed hitting first baseman. His insertion into the Met infield and line-up would solidify this team as Don Clendennon did for the Miracle Mets in 1969.

Ike would then be able to sort through his issues in Buffalo without causing any further harm to the parent club. There’s a point where merit supersedes all loyalties. Ike has reached that point.

Apart from Ike’s troubles, opposing teams are able to load up on lefties and shut us down cyclically every other inning or so. That’s simply poor planning on Alderson’s part.

Two of Daniel Murphy’s primary deficiencies were exposed last night: his lack of power and limited defensive capability. His trade value will never be higher. We should move him now to an AL club with a quality minor league prospect for a blue-chip prospect, such as Toronto’s Jake Marisnick, a slugging outfielder with burner speed.

I do not think this is our year, nor should it be. Last night exposed virtually every weakness in our organization.

According to MLBTR, Derrek, Lee has continued working out and is said to be in excellent shape. They say that he is seeking a contract similar to what Johnny Damon got from the Indians – $1.25MM plus $1.4MM in incentives.

Sounds pretty reasonable to me…

Lee still has plenty of gas and slugged 19 home runs and 17 doubles last season while batting .267 in 447 AB between Pittsburgh and Baltimore. He has one request, and that is he wants to play for a contender. If we act now, all we need say is that if the season ended today, we’d be going to the post season.

I say go for it… Another right-handed bat in the lineup to go with Wright would do wonders for this offense.

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