The Mets are unlikely to pursue a first baseman from outside the organization this winter, reports CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.
“The Mets expect to have their first base answer in-house, between Ike Davis, Lucas Duda and Josh Satin,” Heyman wrote. “That will leave shortstop and the outfield corners as the main areas for import.”
In a recent report for ESPN New York, Adam Rubin said the Mets are unlikely to non-tender Davis this winter.
Michael Baron, ContributorSomething has to give between Ike and Duda. I could be mistaken, but given the failed experiments with Duda in the outfield and how Eric Young, Juan Lagares and Matt den Dekker have proven strong outfield defense is vital to this team, there is no way Duda can go back out there going forward.
The one thing Duda might have working in his favor is service time, and the fact he could be ineligible for arbitration until 2015. If that’s the case and he’s not Super Two eligible, he will still earn the league minimum next season, whereas Ike will not earn less than $3.1 million in 2014 (and will likely receive some kind of raise through arbitration). On the other hand, both his salary and control make Duda a more attractive trade piece this winter, given his power potential and propensity to get on-base combined as well.
Salary information on Ike Davis and Lucas Duda...
Duda, 27, will earn $519, 240 in 2013, and if he misses the Super Two cutoff this winter, he will not be eligible for arbitration until 2015. He can become a free agent after the 2017 season.
Davis, 26, signed a one-year, $3.125 million deal before the 2013 season to avoid arbitration. He was “Super Two” eligible this winter, and so he has three more years of arbitration eligibility before he can become a free agent.
Per MLB rules, a player cannot earn less than 80 percent of his prior year’s salary through arbitration.