Here is Ike Davis applying a tag on Monday.

Ike Davis and Lucas Duda could both make Opening Day roster

Sandy Alderson said that both Ike Davis and Lucas Duda could head north with the team and be on the Opening Day 25-man roster. Alderson cautioned against making a rash decision and possibly trading one of the first baseman.

“You have to be a little more cautious and maybe not do something that has ‘forever,’ implications,” Alderson said (Ackert, March 20).

Davis returned to spring training action on Thursday, going hitless in three at bats. Duda will play in a game on Friday, his first real game since the beginning of March.

Alderson said they’ll use the next week to determine the starting first baseman.

“We have to pay attention over the next [eight] days,” Alderson said (Puma, March 20). “That’s the amount of time we have and that’s the time we’ll use.”

And which player is the current favorite? Terry Collins said whichever one is able to play.

“Right now, it’s probably who’s going to be the healthiest,” Collins said (Diamond, March 20).

The other options at first are Josh Satin, who has had a strong spring, or moving Daniel Murphy over from second base.




121 comments
joemets
joemets

After all who would you trade and what are you getting back.

joemets
joemets

Duhh of course they both. Make the roster what other conclusion could there be to this incomplete spring. Idiotic headline. Come on guys

Jennifer Alderson
Jennifer Alderson

Only way I see Davis/Duda both on roster is if Murphy starts on DL, EY is 2B, and Duda is OF. 

Chris Miller
Chris Miller

It's sucks to halve ike Davis perform, while he declines in progression and Lucas duda are fighting for the position, eg. Who deserves it is the big question!?

mets1973
mets1973

How long does it take this front office to realize that both these guys are not going to be championship level players in New York? They have had four years to "evaluate" these two guys. They are both in their late 20's and at this stage their is little chance that they will improve.

eric88
eric88

What a disgrace.

rico
rico


"Davis and Duda Could Both Make the Roster"



gee that's a shame

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

So much for the promised 'meritocracy.'  Maybe Ike WILL rediscover his swing. But I don't see how with the handful of AB's he's gotten this Spring. Bring the BEST team north, Sandy. And that goes for pitchers as well.

Nicholas Catalano
Nicholas Catalano

I'm healthy and able to play first base. But I'm not automatically on the opening day roster.

dabo
dabo

Why do both these guys get a pass and a free ride to the Majors?  Neither one is any good and don't deserve to start or go north.  Why not give Campbell a shot he cant do any worse?


Metsnow
Metsnow

This is a complete JOKE!!  Did SA just fall off of a potato truck? These are not 2 new up and coming prospects. We've seen there below average performance for years now. Satin is not the answer either. Even Keith said yesterday he is playing out of position at 1B evident by his footwork....not to mention he is just a weak singles hitter. When will the Mets wake up and realize they need to make changes to 1B and SS. This team is going no where with this make shift minor league line-up.

The fact that there is even a debate about these two is absurd. You've had a few years to make your "assessment" on these two. Throw no power Satin in the mix for even more laughing gas. I like Satin, but a first baseman? C'mon now. Truth is this FO has had more than enough time to address the first base situation and has done nothing. Same with shortstop. You needed more time than an entire year to assess that mess too? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiight. Gotcha

Anthony Fiore
Anthony Fiore

What a great 1B competition.... If you "are able to play" you can be the starting 1st basemen for the NY Mets.

Shawn Mike Rolli
Shawn Mike Rolli

Life could be made a lot easier if the Mets went out and signed free agent shortstop Stephen Drew- Ike Davis batting 111 avg great job sandy Alderson terrible gm and wilpon to cheap to sign Drew

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

Please stop. Sandy knows the teams that need a 1B are waiting for him to release one of these guys. He is making this declaration to provide himself some leverage for making a trade or getting something, anything in return. Sandy is the poker player and Terry is the court jester.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

Davis has all the talent he needs, he just needs to find himself out there.

getalife
getalife

This is so sad.  The MOST we can probably expect from any combination of 1B we have is probably .250, 25 HRs 80 RBI.  Why is there such a debate when that's all we're going to get?  We obviously need someone BETTER. 

getalife
getalife

Rash decision?  Hasn't this decision been in the waiting for a few years now?

nolrog
nolrog

>>> The other options at first are Josh Satin, who has had a strong spring, or moving Daniel Murphy over from second base.


Oh for Fs sake.  Stop with the Daniel Murphy at first crap.  He can't play first. He has already proved that.  If he was remotely decent at first, he would still be fracking playing there.

Sam Mack
Sam Mack

I want Sandy&Co to go all in on K.Morales!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sam Mack
Sam Mack

MLB network 30 clubs 30 days SUCKED last night about the Mets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kelvin Martinez
Kelvin Martinez

Give Recker a 1st base glove, he's a better hitter than Ike and Duda. I'm tired of watching these same two doing the same thing, lets keep waiting and playing the IF they can become. I'm not saying that Recker is the solution but something has to be better than this two guys. 

nwmets
nwmets

@Dana Smith  "Davis has all the talent he needs" -- and this is based on what evidence? A month of good hitting in 2011?

Nick Squatrito
Nick Squatrito

Its Jose Abreu. At least get the dudes name right...

jdr9
jdr9

@Biggie Yes  but it is Spring Training and the pitchers don't know much about him yet. I'm sure he will do well, but let's see him do it for awhile before he's anointed as the second coming.

helloboy
helloboy

@nolrog  I disagree only in that if you can't play 1st, you should not be able to play 2nd.  2nd is a much harder position than first.   I do not want him to move to first, because I think Satin can hold it down just as well.  Both will have OK averages (Satin may be 270 to Murph 280), both will get doubles, HR numbers both similar, Satin will have a higher OBP.  Satin is a better option to have out there than making EY play.  Satin is going to be on base a lot more than EY.

grandpamet
grandpamet

@nolrog  I disagree that Murph cant play 1st but share your same frustration over not wanting to see him there

helloboy
helloboy

@Sam Mack  I was going to like this comment before i realized you put more words in after "go".

Joseph DeFazio
Joseph DeFazio

@Sam Mack The real moves to show the fans that this team is competitive, or willing to at least attempt to be competitive, is to sign both Drew and Morales.  I believe Drew would take 2 years - 20m and Morales 1 year somewhere around 8-15m (maybe 8 with performance incentives built in).  Neither of them cap you from making acquisition next season, and only improve the club.  The fans clamoring for them to make a trade or not to sign these players are doing so solely on name recognition.  These guys stats speak for themselves.  They are an obvious upgrade and will help this team be competitive, 

Kelvin Martinez
Kelvin Martinez

Also the Mets should allow Harvey to recover from his injury with the team, that's ridiculous that they won't allow him to be in NY, stupid and nonsense theory like some decision that had been made. 


cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@ But why would he say that if he wants to get something in return? He's trying to talk their value up.

jdr9
jdr9

 The easy solution is to DL the one who is least ready to play in the field. I believe the Collective Bargaining agreement does permit a player who is rehabbing to play in the minors or in a major league camp for up to a certain amount of days,

getalife
getalife

@Dana Smith @getalifeI don't know... I guess my point is that it doesn't matter who is on first so we shouldn't bother arguing or worrying about trading one of these guys.

nolrog
nolrog

@Steven Matregrano  That doesn't make him any good at it.  Todd Hundley was originally a catcher.  Greg Jeffries was originally a first baseman . . . .


He was the starting 1B for the Mets what, 3 years ago?  We got a very good look at his inability to play the position.  RIGHT?


What a sad state of affairs the Mets are when our best option at first might be our starting second baseman.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@Kelvin Martinez Harvey's outspoken personality will not allow the Mets to dictate terms to him. He has a little bit of Tom Seaver in him. If they continue to irk him, he will force them to trade him before his free agency and his eventual signing with the Yankees.

Sam Mack
Sam Mack

He's also got pop,290 hitter Ike will never have the year Morales had in 2009,ops 924,34 hr,108 rbi,43 doubles!173 hits....

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@Kelvin Martinez I'm not talking about TC. I'm talking about the Mets front office and secretive management style.

Kelvin Martinez
Kelvin Martinez

The Mets can't think that every player will have the same personality and the manager should be capable of handle 25 diferrent personalities, if TC can't handle them then why keep him as the manager if he have a bench coach mentality. Harvey is asking to be with the team, How in the world can that affect his career? Thats nonsense