“First base is in flux,” a Mets official recently told Andy Martino of the Daily News.
“Sandy Alderson would love to acquire a slugging right or left fielder this offseason, via trade or free agency,” Martino explains. “If he is able to do so, a Davis (or Duda) platoon with Josh Satin (or maybe Wilmer Flores) could suffice. But, as we reported earlier this month, Alderson could search for a first baseman instead, if no outfielder appeals to him.”
In his column for the Bergen Record, Mike Kerwick suggests that the Mets give Davis one more shot and tender him a contract for next season.
Davis has hit .277 with a .445 OBP and .891 OPS, hitting three home runs and driving in 13 RBI in 155 plate appearances since returning from Triple-A Las Vegas on July 5.
The Mets and Davis avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $3.1 million contract before this past winter. He has three more years of arbitration remaining, after which he can become a free agent. MLB Trade Rumors has predicted he will earn close to $6 million next season.
According to one anonymous player, speaking to Martino, Davis should be the first baseman, given what he’s done at the minor- and major-league level.
Michael Baron, Contributor
The Mets have to explore their options at first base going forward. I like what Ike has done in the second half, but the wild inconsistency and the lack of overall production is a huge concern for the organization. As Kerwick mentioned in his column, Flores could be an internal option if he isn’t moved this winter, and the Mets could entertain the possibility of Duda at the position as well – that’s the position he is most comfortable playing and has enjoyed a fair amount of success there so far in his career.
The thing is, the Mets have so many other holes on the roster that need to be addressed, probably more than they anticipated when this season started. As bad as Ike has been overall, he is not the biggest problem they have right now. They need outfielders and a shortstop, plus a better bench and another retooled bullpen. And, they have to find those solutions on the external markets, as they are unlikely to come from within. If they can succeed in filling at least 80 percent of those holes, they might be able to test Ike for one more season…
Matthew Cerrone, Lead WriterI wish I knew the playbook, but I don’t think it’s been totally written yet. However, as I said a while back, they can’t all be on the roster. I like Daniel Murphy. And I like Davis, Duda and Satin, and so on. But, the Mets are depending too much on too many of this type of guy. Yes, winning teams need role players, but they can’t ALL be role players.
“They have too many ‘tweeners,’” as another team’s player development person recently told me.
This winter, Alderson has to start making decisions about who can stick and who needs to be replaced. He can’t carry them all and keep forcing Terry Collins to being a mix master, because I don’t know that any manager, especially Collins, can spin that into consistent, long-term success.
Personally, I feel like the move should be to trade Flores and young pitching for a legit outfield bat; go with Duda or Davis and Satin at first; sign a better shortstop; keep Murphy at second; leave Lagares and/or Eric Young in center; and look for another free-agent outfielder that doesn’t cost a draft pick (assuming the Mets finish better than 10th worst to end the season). The thing is, that’s one path. There are so many other ways to play this, any of which I’m sure I’d sign on to if it helps score more runs for what it is looking like a fantastic young pitching staff