"That is a fascinating question. I had a different organization suggest to me that Ike's salary next year, as an arbitration-eligible player, would be $6.1 million in 2014, assuming his production normalizes somewhat the rest of the way. I'm not saying the Mets would non-tender him a la Mike Pelfrey last year, but that certainly would make him a trade candidate if the organization's internal analysis was that his pay is starting to vastly exceed what his worth is."On this date last year, Ike Davis was hitting just .161 with a 5 HR and 21 RBI. This season, to date, he's batting .166, also with 5 HR, but just 16 RBI. << click to tweet this.
He finished out the 2012 season hitting .260 with 27 HR and 67 RBI from June 7 through the end of the year.
In his last nine game, Davis has eight hits and seven RBI, during which he's batting .250 with one home run.
Rubin is right, it is a fascinating question. I know the Mets talked to other teams about Davis last winter, but I don't think they were ever close to dealing him. In a perfect world, he's the answer at first base. I think the Mets can live with his slow starts, like the Yankees have lived with Mark Teixieria's year after year, so long as the Mets are winning, they're getting production from other spots and he's playing well in the field.
Clearly, a player hitting 30 home runs has value, even if the bulk of them come in the second half. Ike's problem this year, unlike last year, is that the Mets are not playing well, no one else is hitting and his defense is lacking. I still believe he'll rebound, like last year, and hit close to 30 home runs. I have a feeling this is his thing... and the Mets are going to have to decide if they can tolerate it or not, as will any team that might consider trading for him (or signing him if he's non tendered.)
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