According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets insiders are anticipating that Ike Davis will be with the team when they report to spring training in a little less than six weeks. At the same time, those same insiders noted that the Mets are still open to trading Davis – either before or during spring training.
Rubin notes via a source that Davis “genuinely” wants to remain with the Mets.
Additionally, Rubin opines that if both Davis and Duda are on the roster after spring training ends, it will be Davis who gets the call at first base:
If both players were on the Opening Day roster, there technically would be a first-base competition during spring training. Still, Davis likely would get the bulk of the early season duty. After all, while Duda has significant home-run potential, Davis has hit 32 homers in a season as recently as 2012.
If the Mets do indeed enter the season with both Davis and Duda on the roster, it’ll mean that they’re working with a bench that’s less than ideal. Both players are left handed hitters who are strictly first basemen (playing Duda in the outfield should only be a last resort due to multiple in-game injuries), meaning the one that doesn’t start at first base will be nothing more than a pinch hitter or late inning replacement.
As has been stated, it makes very little sense for the Mets to cut Davis. He’s still young, has shown promise, and still has potential.
If the Mets are unable to get something of value via trade for Davis (or Duda for that matter), the smart play is to hang on to both and figure things out from there.
Duda still has an option remaining, so the Mets could start him in Triple-A Las Vegas without passing him through waivers if it came to it.