It would be hard to trade Ike Davis, says a Mets official

“It’s hard to trade Ike Davis, period,” a Mets official told CSBSports.com’s Jon Heyman.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The organization is worried about Ike’s inability to adjust to left-handed pitching this past season, which – when coupled with his streakiness, laid back personality and value on the trade market, and given the team’s other needs – should make them open to the idea of moving him. However, I don’t think they’re all sold on Lucas Duda either. Yes, as far as I can learn, there were teams – like Oakland – that expressed interest in Davis last winter. So, I’m sure there will be interest again (especially since he’s rebounded to hit 30 home runs this season). Nevertheless, I still expect the Mets to hang on to Ike.

Previous updates on Ike Davis

Teams with reported interest in Davis: Red Sox, Rays

October 21, 2012: Mets assistant GM J.P. said he would be ‘shocked’ if the Mets traded Davis this winter.

September 26, 2012: “For us to trade a guy who has 30 home runs, we better know where the next 30 are coming from,” Sandy Alderson said on SNY.

Stats: Davis hit .227 with 32 home runs and 90 RBI in 519 at-bats this past season, of course he hit 20 home runs after the All-Star Break. Davis is eligible for arbitration this winter for the first time in his career.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The organization is worried about Ike’s inability to adjust to left-handed pitching this past season, which – when coupled with his streakiness, laid back personality and value on the trade market, and given the team’s other needs – should make them open to the idea of moving him. However, I don’t think they’re all sold on Lucas Duda either. Yes, as far as I can learn, there were teams – like Oakland – that expressed interest in Davis last winter. So, I’m sure there will be interest again (especially since he’s rebounded to hit 30 home runs this season). Nevertheless, I still expect the Mets to hang on to Ike.

Michael Baron, Contributor

They can’t trade Ike right now. He is the main power source on a roster devoid of power. In addition, he is a stellar first baseman capable of one day winning a Gold Glove, and we’ve all seen what happens when somebody else is playing first base with this team. They are unlikely to replace his power if they do trade him, even if they get two Major League players in return for him.