New York Mets Should Non-Tender Ike Davis; Not Offer Arbitration
There are a lot of different options for a young power-hitting first baseman in Major League Baseball. Those options dry up quickly however when that first baseman losses his power stroke. That is the case for New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis. Davis had been a promising figure in the Mets’ future but the 2013 season he had will definitely put a huge damper on those plans. The options for Davis with the Mets is to either be offered arbitration or be non-tendered by the Mets. I think those options quickly narrow to one.
For all of the promise that Davis showed in the first few years of his career, the terrible season this year really is a problem. He is still in the arbitration years of his contract status which means the options for him are not good when he does not perform well. From the Mets standpoint, there is no reason to offer Davis arbitration. Even if they believe he could rebound from this season over the next year or two, it isn’t worth him getting a raise over his current salary to find out.
What it will come down to is what happens to Davis after he is non-tendered by the Mets. He could be snatched up by someone else or he could be invited back to Mets’ camp next spring. The fact of the matter is that with Lucas Duda and Josh Satin available to split time at first, there would be little reason for the Mets to do anything past giving Davis a small chance to prove himself next spring. His career isn’t over but barring some miracle next spring, his career with the Mets most certainly is.
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