Daily News: Mets Have To Liberate Davis From Unsustainable Situation

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10:00 AM

Andy Martino of the Daily News reports that the Mets now realize that they are not going to get a top prospect or premium player for Ike Davis – a player who has been devalued, both by his own performance and leaks from the team.

While club officials acknowledge that moving Davis will not be easy, they are not ready to release or give him away. There have been some discussions, at least on an informal level, of sending Davis to Triple-A in the short term to remain sharp and build value, but team sources deemed that unlikely, and not a front-burner consideration.

So Davis, who is as well-liked as anyone in the clubhouse, has to rot on the bench, knowing that the team doesn’t want him. Here’s what David Wright said on the matter:

“He came up and found me and talked to me about it, and I think that although I’m sure he disagrees, and I’m sure he’s not happy with the situation — I think ultimately, he can either pout or be a distraction at a time when obviously we don’t need a distraction, or try to do what’s best at what his role is going to be for the time being. I think he’s chosen the latter.”

Martino said there is only so much that even a grounded, rational person can endure.

Talking to Davis, you just get the feeling he has had enough, and would be happier elsewhere. He doesn’t say it, but his friends in the game believe it, and many are rooting for him to start fresh in a home free of the ghosts of being a number one pick, top prospect, sufferer from ankle injuries and Valley Fever, subject of trade rumors and other innuendos, trip to the minor leagues, and now a straight-up benching.

He says it’s time for the Mets to work on liberating Ike Davis from an unsustainable situation as soon as possible.

7:30 AM

Lucas Duda blasted a pair of two-run homers last night as the Mets won their first game of the season and beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3.

The performance came on the heels of manager Terry Collins officially tabbing Duda the team’s everyday first baseman. After the game, Duda wasn’t much for words.

“I’m just glad to play and contribute any way I can. It’s just one day. That’s all it really is.”

It turns out there may have been a good reason as to the timing of Collins’ decision to go with Duda over Ike Davis and Josh Satin.

Cody Derespina of Newsday explained on Friday, that Duda is batting .375 (9-for-24) with four walks, 16 total bases, and a robust 1.130 OPS against the next four right-handed pitchers the Mets will face in Mike Leake, Johnny Cueto and Alfredo Simon of the Reds and Aaron Harang of the Braves. 

Ike Davis on the other hand, is 3-for-24 against those four with a walk and four total bases. That adds up to a .125 average and .326 OPS.

Speaking of Davis, the Mets are still looking to deal and Andy Martino of New York Daily News said moving the dislodged first baseman is the “likely endgame,”

However, he adds that the front office is still searching for a good return for him. Interest in Davis came to a crawl this offseason because of the Mets asking price and a spring training where he was mostly sidelined with two sore calves probably did nothing to enhance his value.

The Mets are on the hook for $3.5 million on Davis after settling to avoid arbitration. The Pirates, Orioles and Brewers all had interest this Winter, but balked at the price.

It’s really difficult to assess what Davis is worth coming off a season that saw him slash .205/.326/.334 in 377 plate appearances last season. At 27, it’s tough to present him as a prospect with upside anymore. He’s a tough sell.

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