Why I Think Trading Ike Davis Would Be A Mistake By The Mets
Yesterday morning a report came out that the New York Mets are considering trading young rising first baseman Ike Davis this off-season and putting Lucas Duda as the new future first baseman. Reports suggest that the Mets don’t like that Ike Davis stays out late after all games and that he doesn’t listen to coaches. There have been no signs by many people’s accounts that Ike doesn’t listen to the coaches. Also, Ike has never showed up to a game or event late or unprepared because of his nightlife.
Ike Davis would go on to say this, “I have never missed games or not been ready to work because of anything to do with staying up too late, I show up every day. I play hard. It is unfair to me, and it doesn’t make sense. I just don’t understand it, because I have always been able to play, except for one freak ankle injury.” Davis said, referring to the 2011 on-field collision with David Wright in Colorado that ended his season.
So, what’s my take on all this? I think it’s nonsense. Even after getting off to a very slow start in the first two and a half months of this season, Ike has hit 27 home runs, with 81 RBI’s. He hit 5 home runs total the first two months of the season, and has hit 22 since he got back on track in June. The guy has also manned first baseman pretty well and has a .993 fielding percentage. We all know that Ike Davis is a power bat, with not much of an average, and a pretty good glove. Why trade that away? The guy has more home runs this year then Paul Konerko, Mark Teixeira, Mark Reynolds, Freddie Freeman, Justin Morneau, Carlos Pena, Adrian Gonzalez, and Joey Votto. The only guy’s he trails is Albert Pujols, Adam LaRoche, Edwin Encarnarcion, and he’s tied with Prince Fielder and Corey Hart.
Believe me, I’m not saying you need to keep Ike Davis because he hits a lot of home runs, but after two full seasons, and one month of another, you know what you can get out of him. It’s tough to find a really good fielding first baseman too like Ike is, who can also contribute on offense very well. The guy is also very affordable and young. Why put Lucas Duda at first baseman and ship Ike out-of-town? I don’t believe Ike can bring much back in return just yet. Plus, since you already know how Ike Davis is as first base, why put someone else there? Sure, Lucas Duda’s natural position is first base, but we haven’t seen him enough to know how well he can play there and how consistent of a hitter he can be. I believe Duda can be a home run guy, but with less power than Ike, and isn’t a very good fielder and is more suited to be a DH in the AL. The Mets have arguably one of the best fielding corner infield duos in Ike Davis and David Wright, why mess with that? I think it would be foolish to trade Ike Davis unless Sandy Alderson can somehow get a top catching prospect AND a top outfield prospect from a team, but that’s not likely, but not a total impossibility. After all, we’re talking about a guy who traded away two months of Carlos Beltran and got one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball in return in Zack Wheeler.
I don’t think trading Ike Davis solves anything and only makes the team worst then it is. Unless you can upgrade considerably at two positions in exchange for Ike, I wouldn’t trade him. Guys who I would consider trading that could possibly bring something back in return is Jon Niese, Daniel Murphy, and Duda.