According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets have avoided arbitration with first baseman Ike Davis, settling on a one year deal worth $3.5 million.
Davis, who turns 27 in March, made $3.125 million last season.
2013 was another lost campaign for Davis, who saw himself demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas for a time, and finished the year with a triple slash of .205/.326/.334 for the Mets in 377 plate appearances.
On the positive side, Davis had a much better presence at the plate after being recalled from Triple-A, which resulted in him getting on base at a tremendous clip before his season ended prematurely when he injured his oblique at the end of August.
Although his approach improved after he returned from Las Vegas, Davis’ power was still absent.
Earlier this offseason, it was seen as a foregone conclusion that Davis would get dealt – and he still may.
However, the Brewers, Pirates, and other teams in need of first base help have so far balked at Mets general manager Sandy Alderson’s asking price.
For now, Davis is a Met and he is scheduled to arrive in Port St. Lucie for spring training in about a month, where he’ll be the favorite for the first base job.
As has been mentioned before, if Davis is able to round back into form (the potential is there), not trading him will be viewed as a blessing in disguise.