Michael, a reader of MetsBlog.com
Why is the front office and the fan base trying to run Ike Davis out of town? He is still pretty young and has a lot of power potential, and could be their best option at first base right now. It might be good for his confidence to tell him first base is his job to lose in Spring Training.
Michael Baron, ContributorI don’t think it’s a matter of anyone wanting to run Davis out of town, Michael. In fact, some fans — including myself — believe Davis is a better option than Lucas Duda and/or Josh Satin right now.
The fact of the matter is the Mets a perceived surplus at first base, and it’s inefficient to have four (or arguably five) first basemen on the active roster. They’ve determined trading Davis offers the most salary relief and the best chance for a maximum return, which is why his name has been mentioned most in trade rumors. Clearly, the market hasn’t evolved the way they envisioned it would for Davis, which is why he is still on the team.
Still, Davis has yet to prove he can be a solid, everyday major league player. The defining moment in Davis’ career came when he injured his ankle in May, 2011. There was so much promise before the injury, but he has not been able to provide any consistency in the two full seasons since. It pains me to say that, because I think Ike is a great clubhouse presence, has been honest about his problems and handles the media very well. But he was a minor leaguer during the 2013 season and probably should have been a minor leaguer at some point during the 2012 season, too, and those are pretty loud alarms about any player.
That doesn’t take away from Ike’s potential, which I believe — with better lineup protection — he could find more success, provided he learns to hit breaking balls more consistently. At some point, that potential needs to translate into production and the organization cannot keep waiting for the light to go and stay with Ike.