After more than two months of futility, the New York Mets have finally demoted first baseman Ike Davis, sending him along with outfielder Mike Baxter and reliever Robert Carson to triple-A Las Vegas. After being swept by the Miami Marlins for the second consecutive weekend, including a span of 30 innings against the Marlins in which the Mets managed a mere five runs, major roster changes were made by general manager Sandy Alderson, with Davis being the most prominent player being sent to the minors.
Davis showed some signs of life a couple weeks ago with a game-winning hit against the Atlanta Braves, and that bought him a little more time to work out his issues in the majors, but after losing five games in a 10-day span to the worst team in Major League Baseball enough was enough, and it was time for Davis to go after hitting just .161 with five home runs and three doubles in 55 games.
Davis has mechanical issues with his swing, mental issues with his approach, and confidence issues to work out in the minors, so there’s no telling when he might be able to return to the Mets, but if nothing else he’ll be able to work out his problems at the plate without the pressure of playing in a major league stadium, while also not having to worry about dragging his entire team down with him.
Replacing Davis on the Mets roster, and possibly as the primary first baseman, is Josh Satin, a 28-year old utility infielder who was hitting .306/.421/.491 in triple-A. Despite nine home runs in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, Satin is not the constant power threat that Davis is, nor is he an above average first baseman defensively like Davis. Of course, if the Mets had a first baseman in the minors with comparable talent to Davis, he would have been demoted long ago. Satin won’t be a savior for the Mets offense, but he also won’t be a black hole in production in the middle of the lineup.
Demoting Davis wasn’t an easy thing for Alderson and the Mets to do, but it was the move that had to be made for the sake of Davis and the team. But after so much speculation about Davis being demoted, now that the Mets have actually done it, what happens now is a mystery. Will Davis be able to get his act together? Will this help the Mets start to win? What does Davis have to do to get back to the big leagues? These are questions only time will tell.