Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
WFAN’s Mike Francesa suggested on air Tuesday that the Mets have committed to using Lucas Duda at first base next season, while also implying that Ike Davis will be traded, according to the radio host’s sources.
The way I’ve heard it, Davis is more likely to be traded than Duda, but I don’t think a definitive conclusion has been reached about the position.
The Mets are being very open minded and creative about first base, people close to the team have told me.
There are free agent options being considered, such as Corey Hart or there are trade candidates, such as Rockies 1B Michael Cuddyer. Internally, Duda could platoon with Josh Satin, Daniel Murphy could take over, with a new second baseman sliding in, or Davis could end up being unmovable and land back at first with Duda in Triple-A.
There is no one playbook.
The reality is, that side of his infield is essentially up in the air, and very much will be dictated by what upgrades can be acquired for other positions (namely the outfield and shortstop).
In either case, I agree with Francesa that Duda has a leg up on Davis, if for no other reason than Ike is due to make $5 million or so in 2014. It’s unlikely Davis will be non-tendered, because he has a surprising amount of value on the trade market, but until he has a contract in hand I suppose anything is possible…