After suffering an oblique injury in the New York Mets’ blowout win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night, Ike Davis’ 2013 season is likely over, and his time with the Mets should also be over.
The injury likely ends what has been a tumultuous season for Davis. He struggled so much during the first two months of the season that the Mets had to demote him to triple-A in order to fix his swing and confidence.
When he returned, his swing wasn’t that different, and while he has avoided flailing at pitches out of the strike zone, resulting in a lot of walks and a respectable batting average, Davis hasn’t hit for the kind of power the Mets expect to get from him and he’s not improved enough to secure a spot as the Mets’ first baseman of the future.
Davis has not been playing against left-handed pitchers since his return, indicating that the Mets view him as nothing more than a platoon player moving forward. Considering his current salary and the fact that it will increase if the Mets tender him a contract for next season, Davis won’t be worth the money he’ll make, especially since there are little guarantee of how productive he’ll be after his erratic play over the last two seasons.
As valuable as Davis can be defensively and as enticing as his power potential is, it just doesn’t make sense for the Mets to bring him back next season; he hasn’t proven that he’s worth it.
The injury to Davis with a month left in the season does give the Mets an opportunity to audition other players for the first base job.d
Josh Satin should continue to start against lefties and could be a platoon player at first base next season; Lucas Duda should benefit the most from Davis’ injury and could become a realistic option at first base with a strong September.
Although he’s playing third base every day in place of the injured David Wright, rookie Wilmer Flores could see time at first base if Wright comes back before the end of the season. Surprisingly, Flores may be the best candidate of those three players to be the Mets’ first baseman of the future.
Regardless of what the Mets end up doing at first base, Davis shouldn’t be a part of it. He’s a great talent, but it just hasn’t worked out for him in New York. Not only could he benefit from a change of scenery, but the Mets could benefit from a new first baseman and fewer headaches.