Ike Davis defends himself, reports suggest he could be traded

According to a baseball source, the Mets will consider trading Ike Davis this offseason, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reported this morning.

“The Mets are disappointed with Davis’ unwillingness to make changes based on coaching advice,” Rubin explained, according to his source. “Although he is personable and by no means a troublemaker, they also worry – fairly or unfairly – he is out too late after games, and that could influence other young players.”

Sept. 18, 5:14 pm: Davis later told reporters body on the team has ever taken issue with his behavior, and said the above statements were ‘a cheap shot.’

“It’s falsely accused, I guess,” Davis explained. “It comes out of nowhere. It happens to athletes like this. A rumor, or something is said, and it’s blown out of proportion. You can’t really do anything about it.”

“I don’t know what ‘late’ is, because when you leave the ballpark at 12 [midnight] and you get back to your place at 12:30, if you watch a movie it’s 2:30,” Davis added. “Is that late? It’s up to everyone to decide what late is. If I had a job where I had to wake up at 6 in the morning, it would probably be late. But it’s not. Our lifestyle is a little different.”

Davis insisted he has never had a meeting with anyone on the team about his extra-curricular activities, adding, “It’s just out of the blue. It’s hard to answer questions when no one can say who it was or why they even said it.”

In regards to the possibility he has resisted coaching advice from the staff, Davis said, “If you’ve seen my stances this year, we’ve tried a lot of things. I don’t know about the ‘uncoachable’ thing. I don’t know who would ever say that. I’ve done everything the coaches have asked me. It’s really just a bunch of unknown statements.”

Sept. 18, 4:37 pm: According to WFUV’s Amit Badlani, Terry Collins told reporters he could not recall an instance when Ike Davis refused instruction from coaches.

In addition, according to Badlani, Collins offered his full support of Davis saying “I just want to make sure everyone understands. We’re behind Ike Davis 100 percent.”

However, in regards to Davis possibly being traded this winter, Collins said “there’s not a guy in that clubhouse that can’t get traded. Not a guy.”

Sept. 18. 1:50 pm: According to team insiders, “The Mets are debating whether to make Davis or Lucas Duda the first baseman of the future,” Andy Martino wrote to his blog for the Daily News this afternoon.

“I have never missed games or not been ready to work because of anything to do with staying up too late,” Davis told the Daily News this morning. “I show up every day. I play hard. It is unfair to me, and it doesn’t make sense.”

Sept. 18, 10:11 am: “If they trade me, they trade me. I can’t do anything about it,” Davis said yesterday, according to a morning report in the New York Post. “I have to do my job where I am at. … I think I can help teams win baseball games. That is all I want to do.”

Sept. 18, 9:01 am: Terry Collins said yesterday that Lucas Duda will play first base against left-handed pitching during the remainder of the season.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Sept. 18, 2:10 pm: The immediate debate this morning was mostly about whether or not to trade Ike. However, I can’t stop thinking about the above quote, which – to me – was the real news in Rubin’s report. I mean, who told this to Adam? He qualifies his lone source as simply ‘a baseball source,’ not the often popular ‘team source,’ or, ‘team executive,’ etc. I suppose a baseball source could be any one, and could even be a person with another team. But, it makes NO sense for someone with another team to make this comment, so I assume it’s someone with the Mets. But, who? And why?

I mean, why disparage Ike through ESPN? If the goal is to motivate him, let’s say, or rattle his cage a bit, why isn’t Terry Collins just doing it directly? Or, at the very least, why isn’t he doing it publicly through the media (Bill Parcells style)? Why beat around the bush? If Terry and the Mets are truly about ‘accountability,’ as they claim, I’d prefer they hold their people accountable and not deal in anonymous quotes that might breed contempt. Or, maybe it’s none of the above… If I had to bet, I’d say Rubin’s source is not a front office guy, but someone who hasn’t been around the team all year looking to gain points with a top reporter… which is why it would be great to go back to a day in sports media when people got second sources, especially when it’s a guy’s reputation that’s on the line… but that’s more of a topic about the politics of journalism, not the Mets.

In either case, I don’t like it and I hope the team deals with his in a direct manner, because – whether Ike is here or not – I don’t think this is the type of environment the front office intended to create.