Sandy Alderson will consider signing Ike Davis to a contract that covers his three years of arbitration, the GM told the New York Post’s podcast yesterday.
“It has to fit for us. It has to fit for the player,” he explained. “So, in his case, and maybe one or two others, we keep an eye on it. Sometimes the player is not interested, sometimes the agent is not interested. It’s one of those things that has to work for both sides.”
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Davis for around $3 million this year is a steal, especially if he can hit 30 HR and have a .340 OBP. However, he’ll be due a bigger raise next year, he’ll still have three years of arbitration and the team should be in a better financial position, at which point I assume they’ll begin talking about a longer-term, guaranteed deal. I think a deal similar to what Billy Butler signed with the Royals is a good comp, i.e., four years, $30 million, which would cover Ike’s final three arbitration seasons and a year of free agency, which I think is fair.