ESPN – The Mets will consider trading Ike Davis this offseason as a way to upgrade other areas of the team and open a spot for Lucas Duda at his natural position, a baseball source told ESPNNewYork.com. While that does not guarantee Davis will be moved, it at least is a very plausible option. Davis should be marketable despite a slow start because he is a 30-homer threat with the potential for above-average fielding at first base. The Mets are disappointed with Davis’ unwillingness to make changes based on coaching advice. Although he is personable and by no means a troublemaker, they also worry — fairly or unfairly — he is out too late after games, and that could influence other young players. The danger in trading Davis would be that there are few doubts about his ability to perform as a starter at the major league level. There is no guarantee Duda would perform at that level. And certainly he could not perform at the same level in the field. So being comfortable trading Davis would mean trusting the evaluation skills of the front office that Duda would thrive at his natural position.
Lets get one thing straight – Lucas Duda sucks. He’s the exact type of player Mets management and Mets fans fall in love with. He’s not an everyday player. He stinks.
Lets get a second thing straight – trading a player from a team completely bereft of talent because he “stays out too late” is either a bold faced lie or the worst logic the Wilpons have ever displayed. Even despite an awful first half, Ike is still one of the only talents left on this team. I don’t care if he’s channeling Keith Hernandez from the 80s and fucking broads and doing drugs all night long. He’s the only power threat on this team and one of the only young players on this team showing any long term promise. I’m not saying he’s Albert Pujols. I think he’s Adam Laroche. .250-.270 hitter right around 30 bombs every year. He’s not winning an MVP any time soon, but those are the kinda numbers you don’t give up on because he breaks his curfew. Especially when a quadruple A, platoon player, at best, is your replacement.
Ordinarily, an idea this stupid from the Wilpons usually relates back to money. But Ike is under contract till 2016. No need to pay him yet. After his atrocious first half, his value may be an at all time low, so its not a savvy baseball move. Its just straight stupid. I don’t know why these things surprise me anymore, but this idea and their reasoning behind it seems particularly childish and stupid, even for Wilpon standards.