May 22, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis (29) reacts after making the final out of the sixth inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Ike Davis, Mike Baxter, & Robert Carson Demoted to AAA

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UPDATE, 7:48 PM:

The Mets have confirmed Adam Rubin’s report that the Mets will be calling up first baseman Josh Satin, outfielder Collin Cowgill, and lefty reliever Josh Edgin to replace the recently demoted Ike Davis, Mike Baxter, and Robert Carson.

The Mets noted earlier today that Lucas Duda wouldn’t be sliding to first base while Davis was in the minors, and the callup of Satin, 28, seems to be confirmation of that.  Satin was hitting .306 with a .421 OBP in AAA to go along with 9 homers and 32 RBI’s.

Cowgill, 27, who was given just over 50 at bats with the Mets in April before being demoted, will get another shot.  He was hitting .267 with a .358 OBP, and had 5 homers and 12 RBI’s in Vegas.

Edgin, 26, who was demoted earlier this season after struggling mightily, had a 5.91 ERA in 10 innings pitched after being sent down.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

After today’s game, the Mets demoted first baseman Ike Davis, outfielder Mike Baxter, and reliever Robert Carson to AAA Las Vegas.  The game in Las Vegas is currently being played.  Instead of making the announcement today, the Mets will be waiting until tomorrow to disclose which three players are coming up.

During the postgame press conference, manager Terry Collins said that a “mass roster change” was a consideration.  After the moves were made, general manager Sandy Alderson (per Adam Rubin) stated that “this is not a staff issue, this is a player issue.”

Ike Davis declined to speak with reporters after he was made aware of his demotion, and Sandy Alderson noted that there was nothing Davis could’ve done today to change the team’s mind.

Carson has been struggling badly all season, and his presence on the roster had become untenable.

Baxter has been mired in a slump, but his demotion was the most surprising of the three.

The team is implying that the three players who are coming up will all be from AAA Las Vegas.  If that’s the case, AA reliever Jack Leathersich can be crossed off the list of possibilities.  In addition, the team is not considering moving Lucas Duda to first base.

Gonzalez Germen seems like the likely bet to replace Carson, and Josh Satin is the likely candidate to replace Ike DavisWilmer Flores has an outside chance at being the pick, but he’s had close to no duty at first base.  As far as the outfielder to replace Baxter, Collin Cowgill (who wasn’t given a full opportunity earlier this season) seems like the logical choice.  Other options include Andrew Brown and Jamie Hoffmann.

 

 

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