It’s up to you, Ike Davis, get after it…

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I’m glad the Mets made Ike Davis available. However, regardless of the ‘extreme asking price,’ as one baseball insider described it, the market for Davis was clearly not as hot as the Mets anticipated. Ike’s fate in New York is now in his own hands, which I hope motivates him to be amazing in 2014.

“I want to go back,” Davis told the Daily News (Martino, Jan. 9). “I want to have another chance. I want to win with the Mets.”

According to reports, Sandy Alderson has spent much of the off season talking to the Brewers, Orioles, Rays and Pirates, among others, about trading Davis. The Mets have been reportedly asking these teams for a big-league ready, upper-level pitching prospect. They have seeminglt been shot down at every turn.

Ike Davis 16 (Baron)In a report Thursday, Alderson said the Mets are not actively engaged in trade discussions involving Davis (DiComo, Jan.9 ). However, earlier this week, Brewers GM Doug Melvin said he was still talking with the Mets about Davis, though the two sides had yet to see eye-to-eye on a deal (MLB.com, Jan. 7).

Here’s how this works: The Mets and Brewers meet (probably at the GM Meetings in early November, as is customary when teams get together to exchange goals, names, ideas, etc.). The Mets say they’re open to trading Davis, the Brewers say they’re interested. At some point, probably just before the Winter Meetings, a Mets assistant GM reaches out to a counterpart with the Brewers (and probably the O’s, Pirates, Rays and any other  team in contact when hearing Davis and Lucas Duda have been discussed) and informs them the Mets are looking to acquire a certain type of pitching prospect — maybe specific names are discussed, maybe not. Time passes, and the interested teams call again, and again the Mets say, ‘We want this specific big-league ready, upper-level pitching prospect,’ and again, they’re told that pitcher isn’t getting moved for Davis. The market consolidates, the Brewers call back and, again, the Mets ask for the same pitcher and, again, nothing happens. This continues to happen until it becomes clear neither the Mets nor Brewers are budging… and here we are…

The fact is, in most cases, if a player is made available and he has legitimate value to other teams some one will pull the trigger on the deal. It happens time and time again. The Mets could have given Davis away, but what would be the point of that? Also, interested teams know that if the Mets feel desperate for a roster spot or need to save money, they can cut Davis for just $600,000, making him a free agent before the start of the season. So, I’m sure teams are reluctant to ‘overpay in trade,’ especially if they feel he may soon be available for nothing.

Now, the Mets will likely start Spring Training with Davis, Duda, Wilmer Flores, Josh Satin and others in an open competition at first base, which will likely end in some sort of platoon.

I would have handled this the same way as Alderson. Davis clearly has more value to the Mets than other teams, given the roster and demand for that position. I think it’s smart to set a price and stick to it. The guy hit 30 home runs two years ago. He has talent. He needs to focus on his swing and concentrate his power. He can be a force if he does this, or a has-been if he doesn’t. It’s up to him.

“I have wanted to stay,” Davis said (Martino, Jan. 9). “I don’t want to leave on this kind of note. I have roots here, with the only team I have ever known. It’s something that a player dreams about, staying with the only team  you have ever known.”

262 comments
Christine May
Christine May

Good for you Ike!!! Wish you all the luck in 2014 with the mets. IVe seen you when you had a good year Show everyone that You could be a super star

John Gonzalez
John Gonzalez

He's gotta stop dropping his hands as the pitch comes in. He'll never catch up to the high cheese if he continues to do that...

Bill Pennea
Bill Pennea

why not it's not like they have anything better.

rdg515
rdg515

No need to give Davis away for nothing. We don't know if he will ever hit 30 home runs again in a season but few players are solid fielders who have belted 30 homers, are 27 and cheap....why give him away for anything less than maximum value now? If the Mets management finally realizes he needs eyeglasses and suddenly starts hitting breaking pitches again for home runs and doubles as I keep predicting they can swap Duda in July for something they need to make the playoffs. Anyone in Mets management confirm that they had his eyes checked by an expert?????

Ron Kerr
Ron Kerr

So doem Sanata and sanchez with the Jets. I do think this thing will work out. There is always a non performer who performs in his last chance!!

Jim Colucci
Jim Colucci

Guess what I would like a shot to. But I'm not getting one. Drop him.

Bob Mellin
Bob Mellin

Give him a shot..but you better have back up plan!

Dennis Monahan
Dennis Monahan

Have to go one more time. If he still can't make it happen, start the platoon and then on the block. Sports Memories It's been as frustrating for Ike as us fans. Football Jets

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

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C D'Arnaud

1B Davis

2B Murphy

3B Wright

SS Tejada

LF Young Jr.

CF Granderson

RF Young

SP

Niese

Colon

Wheeler

Gee

Mejia

Pen

Parnell (CL)

Black

Neshek (1/850k)

Familia/Boggs (1/750k)

Edgin

Rice

Torres

Bench

C Recker

IF Izturis (minors)

IF Satin

OF Lagares

OF Brown

Joe Pantel
Joe Pantel

No slow starts he better start hitting and from day one.Great defence but a first baseman has to hit period.

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Joseph Anthony Olivio

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Anthony J Kleinlercher
Anthony J Kleinlercher

The Mets should hire Hernandez and let him teach Davis how to bat. He is a good glove and he is a southpaw too. Keith could do make a difference for him. He Ks too much and swings at bad pitches. They need him, or else by the All Star break trade him. He has been in the league awhile so he should have a clue by now of whats coming at him.

Edwin Vasquez
Edwin Vasquez

Lets Give him another Chance. His a Good First Baseman, but his hitting is horrible. But we most remember he hit around 30 home runs last season or the season before I can't remember. Lets Go Ike, and Lets Go Mets. Lets have a winning season. My future team, my dream team. Can't give up.

Salvatore DeLuca
Salvatore DeLuca

If The Mets Can't Trade Ike Then He Should Be The 1st Baseman.

Anthony Testa
Anthony Testa

Alderson hasnt read many of the markets this off season.

Chris Zaia
Chris Zaia

He has one bad year and you guys abandon him something philly fans would do

Jeffrey Acevedo
Jeffrey Acevedo

My minimum requirements for Ike: .270 Avg 25 HR 100 RBI and at least 2.5 over-the-dugout ledge catches

Larry Nedelka
Larry Nedelka

He has to earn the spot at first and then continue to produce in order to keep that spot - otherwise, trade him for a draft pick, a minor league player, or two beer vendors and a hot dog guy.

John Elliott
John Elliott

I still like Ike. He needs to just stay calm and play baseball again.

Rob Martin
Rob Martin

All the money he has made for his performance these last 2 years are ridiculous. Mike Trout gets a little of over league minimum and he'll run circles around him but yet he still makes millions?? Something very wrong about those calculations.

Jake Collier
Jake Collier

Dont let him go! Anyone who can hit 30+ bombs is a keeper in my book

flushed
flushed

4 million dollars is 4 million times what he is worth and more importantly taking up a roster spot from a deserving kid who daddy Ron Davis isn't pulling strings for.

Jeff Feinstein
Jeff Feinstein

hey IKE..............F.......O............C............U..........S

flushed
flushed

Sure, thats all Davis ever needed was some motivation...why didn't we think of that before! Hell let's make him a hitting instructor while we're at it and teach his batting mechanics to all our minor leaguers!

Wayno
Wayno

The mets wont sign drew but will give this bum his arbitration price?? Sandy you do amaze ill give you that

Ryan Fucci
Ryan Fucci

He much better than duda so I'm fine with that but he has to prove that he deserves a second chances

rdg515
rdg515

Except for forgetting Duda your roster is exactly what we should expect if no trades are made. Half the lineup will remain question marks until they prove that they can hit as youngsters or prove that after time in Vegas that they can hit again like they did two years ago.

ken1010
ken1010

I like Francouer too. Just don't want him on my baseball team.

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

Of course he is thank you for saying that. All the Duda lovers just stop.