Recently, Ike Davis has had to fire back after reports suggested the Mets were upset with his late-night habits.
“I have never missed games or not been ready to work because of anything to do with staying up too late,” Davis told The Daily News in a telephone interview. “I show up every day. I play hard. It is unfair to me, and it doesn’t make sense.”
Citing a “baseball source,” ESPN reported that Sandy Alderson was open to trading Davis because he stayed out too late after ballgames.
I totally disagree with even thinking about moving Ike Davis. What 25-year-old single man living in the most exciting city in the world isn’t going to go out at night? As long as he doesn’t pull a Lindsay Lohan, Ike Davis should be able to live his life the way he wants to. Players in the 80’s or 90’s would do things far worse than staying out past their bedtime. And they still got their job done.
I see Ike Davis as one of the players that we would build a future winner around. Sandy Alderson should be trying to find guys to protect Ike Davis in the lineup, not looking for the team willing to give the Mets their best offer. Davis leads the team in homeruns, with 27 roundtrippers going into tonight. Davis also leads the team with 81 RBI. Why would you trade the one guy that is even remotely close to a 30 HR/100 RBI season?
If Ike Davis gets moved, who’s going to play first base? Lucas Duda? Justin Turner? Do we dare try to teach Daniel Murphy another position? There isn’t a player in AAA that we can move up to replace Davis should he get moved. We would have to pursue another first baseman via trade or free agency because there isn’t even a first baseman of the future toiling around in the minors.
I’m sure Sandy Alderson will give the New York media some eloquent answer that vaguely answers their question. His actions this offseason will speak way louder than any statement he may give.
At least if he were on the Rockies, we wouldn’t have to face him 18 times a year.
According to Jayson Stark, the Phillies might be looking for an upgrade at third, but Wright (in the worst season of his career) might not be much of an upgrade over Placido Polanco. Polanco hit .277 with 19 extra base hits and 50 RBI this season in 122 games.
In 102 games, Wright had a .254 average, 38 extra base hits and 61 RBI.
The rumor that’s being discussed in Philadelphia is Wright for Dom Brown and Vance Worley. According to Stark, there’s no way that the talks could be so far down the line.
Wright is owed $15 million in 2012 while Polanco is owed $6.25 million. Wright’s 2013 $16 million option becomes void if he is traded to another team.
The thing is, I see Wright on the 2012 Opening Day roster. If the Mets are still contending at the trade deadline, I don’t see the team swapping him at that time either. If the Mets are playing for dignity, I could see a swap to save money.
But I was going to trade David Wright, I wouldn’t be stupid enough to trade him to a division rival. I’d be okay if he went to any other team in any other division. Ideally for me, he would be in the American League…or on the Rockies.
David Wright is still the face of this team. I think if the Mets are seriously considering slashing their payroll by swapping Wright, then they need to weigh their options and the consequences of each potential swap. I would make a demand and not settle for any less. Because if the Mets are going to swap Wright, they’re gonna have to get a helluva lot to smooth things over with the fans.