Aug 28, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis (29) hits an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Five Teams Have Called About Ike Davis

The Mets have been whispering over the last few weeks that there has been interest around the league in both Ike Davis and Lucas Duda.  Today, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports provided some details.

According to Heyman, the Astros, Brewers, Orioles, Rays, and Rockies have all called the Mets to check in regarding the availability of Davis.

Heyman points out that the Brewers may prefer to re-sign their own free agent Corey Hart rather than deal for Davis.  The other four teams, though, seem like potential fits.

Davis, who turns 27 in March, had a 2013 to forget.

After his average slipped well below the Mendoza line a few months into the season, he was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.  When Davis returned to the majors, his plate discipline was better and he reached base at a very solid clip, but his power was largely absent.  He then injured his oblique and missed the final month of the season.

Overall, Davis had a triple slash of .205/.326/.334 in 2013 to go along with a career high 26.8 strikeout percentage.

Thoughts:

According to everything we’ve heard, the Mets prefer to deal Davis and go with Lucas Duda as their primary first baseman.

When right, Davis offers the better glove at first base, but his last two seasons have been extremely disappointing on both sides of the ball.

This all dates back to early 2011, when Davis severely injured his ankle trying to catch an infield pop up.  He missed the remainder of the season, and started off almost impossibly slow in both 2012 and 2013 – leading to two lost campaigns.

Davis has tremendous power potential, and there’s a chance he’ll get out of his own head and put it all together.  However, there have been some who have claimed he needs a change of scenery in order to have any chance to reach his potential.

About a week ago, there were rumors that the Mets could look to deal Davis to Milwaukee for outfielder Norichika Aoki, but Milwaukee now claims they’re keeping Aoki.

As far as what the Astros, Orioles, Rays, and Rockies have to offer in exchange for Davis?  We’ll just have to wait and see.

 

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