Mets are making the right move taking Ike Davis off the trade block

Posted: November 9, 2012 in News
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By Steven Inman

Sandy Alderson acknowledged that the Mets will be looking to add power this winter and are unlikely to be trading power bats like Ike Davis. Ike Davis was reported to be on the trade block since September where rumors of partying too much and a poor work ethic emerged. Those rumors didn’t appear to have much legs until talk of the Mets being interested in moving Lucas Duda to his more natural position, first base.

Lucas Duda fractured his wrist a few weeks ago moving furniture into his California apartment. Since he was the Mets backup plan at first base, trading Ike Davis makes even less sense now. Ike hit 32 homers and had 90 RBI’s in what was considered a down year and the Mets definitely can’t afford to lose that kind of production. “If we trade him, where do we find those 32 homers?” one team executive told Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Ike is a good hitter who really bounced back in the second half of the season after basically an entire year away from baseball.

Sandy Alderson will be looking to add power to the Mets lineup not subtracting from it. Their are other ways to find new pieces besides trading Ike Davis.

The Mets need to add to a farm system along with finding some new outfielders, a catcher and some bullpen. To do that they likely will have to trade a core piece but the Mets would be much better off keeping Davis and trading away from an area of depth like starting pitching. The Mets could get a lot out of R.A. Dickey or Jon Niese in a trade and still have the depth to compete. Bottom line is the Mets need more power not less and its good they have finally realized this.

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