Read: Why Ike Davis Was Promoted Today

In a post to MLB Trade Rumors, Tim Dierkes explains why the Mets might have promoted Ike Davis to the major leagues today as opposed to earlier in the season.

According to Dierkes, if the Mets had promoted Davis prior to today during the 2010 season, he would only be guaranteed to be under team control through the 2015 season, as a player has to amass more than 172 days of Major League service in order to be credited for one full season.

Instead, Dierkes says the Mets now can control Davis through the 2016 season, as he can no longer be credited for a full year of service in 2010.

…on the one hand, the timing makes perfect sense from a financial perspective, as now they don’t have to worry about Davis becoming a free agent until after the 2016 season, and i definitely understand that, but on the other hand, i think the Mets should make moves based around putting the best players on the field at any given time, and if they felt Davis would have made the team better from day one, i think they should have promoted him regardless of his contractual status six years from now…if he turns out to be the real deal, it would be wise of the Mets to try and lock him up before he is eligible for free agency anyway, whether that’s 2015 or 2016, much like what they did with Jose Reyes and David Wright in 2006…but, like i said, i understand the financial and control reasons for the timing of this move and i have no problem with it at the end of the day…if waiting two weeks guarantees an extra year of control, i’m all for it…