Mets send Ike Davis, Baxter and Carson down

Posted: June 9, 2013 in News, Opinion
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By Steven InmanimagesCAU5LIB3

After losing five straight to the pathetic Miami Marlins, you knew the Mets would be forced to make some kind of changes and they did just that. The Mets optioned 1B Ike Davis, OF Mike Baxter and LHP Robert Carson to Las Vegas. In a corresponding roster move the Mets have picked the contract of 1B Josh Satin, and have recalled OF Collin Cowgill and LHP Josh Edgin.

Ike Davis looked like he was starting to bust out of his slump at Yankee Stadium but has struggled since. Ike chose not to comment after learning the news.

Hopefully sometime in the hitter friendly pacific coast league will do Ike some good. It is very concerning though that the Mets long term answer at first is now a question mark going forward.

Ike will get a raise on his $3.1 million dollar deal through arbitration this winter and it is unknown if the Mets will be willing to give it to him based on what has gone on in 2013. Davis batted just .161 with 5 homers in over two months of playing everyday. What Sandy Alderson decides to do with Ike this winter will be one of the biggest questions for the Mets this offseason.

Sandy Alderson acknowledged that sending Davis down was a tough decision. “I was one of his biggest supporters. But, I just felt – at some point – we’ve got to get him out of here. Hopefully, he’ll be back in a short period of time. … He needs to be able to work on his swing without worrying necessarily about the outcome. We think it’s in his best interest.” Alderson told the media Sunday.

As for Mike Baxter, it seems as if the league just figure out how to pitch to him. Baxter is looking to work the count and is looking for a fastball he can hit hard somewhere. If he doesn’t get it he is more than willing to take a walk. Once pitchers started throwing him breaking pitches for strikes, Baxter got into a big slump.imagesCAU5LIB3

No matter what Baxter’s Met future holds he will always be remembered for preserving last June’s no hitter in one of the greatest catches in Mets history. The Whitestone kid will always be remembered dearly for that.

Lastly Robert Carson struggled especially with the long ball this season. He hasn’t shown that he can be relied on to get lefties out at the big league level. He throws hard and is left handed so you figure he will get another chance, if not with the Mets then with some other team.

What do you think of Sunday’s big roster changes?

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