It’s been a crazy few months for Ike Davis, who has been the subject of public trade rumors since the moment the offseason began. Davis being traded appeared to be a foregone conclusion around the time of the Winter Meetings, but it now appears that he’ll be in camp with the Mets in just over a month.
Davis recently spoke to Andy Martino of the Daily News, and was candid about his feelings on the matter.
On whether he wants to remain a Met:
I want to go back. I want to have another chance. I want to win with the Mets. I have wanted to stay. I don’t want to leave on this kind of note. I have roots here, with the only team I have ever known. It’s something that a player dreams about, staying with the only team you have ever known.
His feelings about the public nature of the trade rumors:
I don’t want to say disrespected, but it has probably been talked about more than it should have been. Unless something is actually about to happen, I don’t think it should be publicly talked about. It’s not disrespectful. It’s just open a little too much.
On whether he thinks he’ll be traded:
If they don’t get what they’re looking for, they’re obviously not just going to give me away. Sandy is smart. You don’t usually sell low. I just came off the worst year, probably, that any baseball player could have had. Well, probably not. Well, yes. But it’s not like I’m 35, and it’s over for me. I haven’t even reached my peak in baseball yet.
Davis is saying all the right things.
It seems that he genuinely wants to remain a Met, and that’s great to know. Ike was drafted and developed by the Mets, and it would be fantastic for himself, the fans, and the organization if he hit his stride here.
On the public tone of the trade rumors, it’s understandable that Davis would be a little perturbed by it. At the same time, it’s something he can use as motivation.
Davis’ comments regarding whether he’ll be traded jive with what most others think – the Mets would be foolish to simply cut him loose. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that the Mets take Davis to camp before cutting him. However, that’s not the route they should go.
Davis hasn’t even turned 27, and even in a horrendous year for him (2012), he clubbed 32 home runs. Before his 2011 season was derailed by a freak ankle injury, Davis was having a tremendous sophomore season, and was being talked about as the future face of the franchise.
There’s a reason Davis was once viewed as a potential cornerstone. It’s because he has the talent to be one.