Puma says the Mets have not yet given up on Duda, as he is still viewed as part of their long-term solution and says if Ike Davis is traded this winter, Duda would become the team's full-time first baseman. However, Duda would remain in the outfield if Davis is retained.
“We are going to count a lot on Lucas Duda,” Terry Collins said, according to Puma. “We know what he can do, we’ve seen it, he’s working on a couple of things offensively that we think are going to help. Just like Ike, those two guys in the middle of the lineup, it’s tough to find big-time power. We’ve just got to get it out of them.”
Duda is hitting just .241 with 15 home runs and 57 RBI in 390 at-bats over 117 games this season.
In a recent interview on SNY, Sandy Alderson said in regards to the possibility of trading Davis, "one of the thing we lack is power. For us to trade a guy who has 30 home runs, we better know where the next 30 are coming from."
To me, there's no way the Mets can trade Ike Davis right now. He is a consistent power presence in the middle of the lineup and a Gold Glove-caliber first baseman. It's fair to say the jury is still out on Duda offensively, but there's no comparing the defensive abilities between the two players - Duda will be an adventure no matter where he is on the field.
Does Ike have trade value? I think any young player who has 30-40 home run potential and is cheap and under team control for a while has value to most teams. The Mets should listen to offers for Ike, and for most players on the roster for that matter. But there is no way this team is better with Ike elsewhere and Duda at first base. That production is hard to replace, and should therefore be surrounded with better players in the Met lineup instead.
Since June 1, Ike Davis has hit .249 (86-for-345) with 26 home runs and 68 RBI. He is hitting .224 with 31 home runs and 89 RBI in 504 at-bats over 152 games this season.