Mets unlikely to sign a first basemen in free agency

Posted: October 20, 2013 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

Mike Napoli

Mike Napoli

The Mets are unlikely to pursue a first baseman from outside the organization this winter, reports CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

“The Mets expect to have their first base answer in-house, between Ike Davis, Lucas Duda and Josh Satin,” Heyman wrote. “That will leave shortstop and the outfield corners as the main areas for import.”

The Mets have thought about acquiring a second basemen in a trade such as Howie Kendrick (who is available) and then moving Daniel Murphy back to first. This is definitely a possibility that you should keep an eye on. It doesn’t seem to make a ton of sense to me as Murphy seemingly has finally figured out second base and doesn’t have the power potential that they likely need from the first base position next year.

This has been the speculation all along but it appears the Mets first basemen next year will likely be either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda. Davis will be eligible for arbitration for the second time this winter and will get a raise on his $3.1 million salary despite his poor season. Lucas Duda will be eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter and will likely be tendered a contract. Josh Satin will likely be on the Mets bench next year after establishing himself as a major league player not a journeymen minor leaguer.

The Mets really liked international free agent Jose Abreu, as Met officials were very impressed with his power but they weren’t one of the five or six teams to make a serious bid on him. The White Sox signed him to a six year $68 million deal a few days ago which was the highest ever for an international free agent. The Mets will look into free agent 1B’s like Mike Napoli but are likely to stay in house with Ike Davis and Lucas Duda.

I still believe the Mets will wind up trading one of Duda or Davis to another team. While Ike has more upside he is coming off a second consecutive terrible year and is starting to get pricey in arbitration. We talked before the season that the Mets were only going to go as far as Davis and Duda took them. They took them to the curb and the Mets are looking at a second consecutive 74 win season. If the Mets can get anything that could help them in ’14 for one of these guys they will pull the trigger but if not expect both of them to be back next year with some kind of first base competition in the spring. My gut says they will give Ike another chance at first next year but it’s still too early to tell.

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