Even if you’re not a member from Ace of Base, you may have seen the signs. New York Mets third baseman and occasional left fielder J.D. Davis has been on the trade block for what feels like his entire tenure in the Big Apple. Following the trade deadline, I’m convinced he’s out of here this winter.
There were already rumbles about the Mets making him available. Despite a successful offensive year while healthy, the front office reportedly shopped him. I’m pessimistic about a lot of rumors. This one I would believe even if it came from someone on Twitter with the handle Jeff Pa55an.
Brodie Van Wagenen did a funny thing when he took over as general manager. He traded away a lot of first-round draft picks Sandy Alderson added to the organization. Now, it looks like Alderson is doing the opposite. He traded away Josh Wolfe, a second-rounder taken by Brodie, in the offseason. In his latest edition of erasing BVW from the history books, Pete Crow-Armstrong was the piece dealt to the Chicago Cubs to bring Javier Baez to New York.
J.D. Davis is the frontrunner piece for the Mets to trade this winter
I don’t think Alderson completely tears apart everything Van Wagenen brought to the organization. Matt Allan remains one of the team’s prized possessions on the farm. Third baseman Brett Baty is also highly praised and potentially the greatest gift BVW brought to the team.
Trading Crow-Armstrong was a little vengeance for dealing away Jarred Kelenic. Maybe even Anthony Kay or Simeon Woods-Richardson.
None parallel each other and Alderson and Zack Scott aren’t just making these trades to remove what the previous general manager did.
For Davis, the situation is different. He’s already a major leaguer and was a potential trade chip even last year while Van Wagenen was the shot-caller. The Mets saw a lot of promise from him in 2019 but a lack of places to play him that made complete sense put him back on the market. He has remained there ever since and the current regime seems to favor him less than the man who first brought him to Flushing.
If this is all true, the Mets are in good shape. Davis has value. A third baseman and left fielder in New York, he could just as easily slot in at first base or have DH duties. Incredibly affordable on the books, he’s someone a variety of teams could add to their organization. Even the pennywise Tampa Bay Rays could add him without having to make a separate trade to open up salary space.
It will be interesting to see what the Mets do eventually get for Davis. Will it be another position player? An arm? Or perhaps they look to add to the farm system?
The less he plays in these final two months, the larger and bolder the writing on the wall is. This team is ready to go in a different direction at third base.
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Davis isn’t going anywhere this season only because the trade deadline has passed. Once the offseason begins, his name is going to come up often. I don’t see him on the roster Opening Day 2022.