The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly heavily engaged in trade talks with the New York Mets for first baseman Ike Davis. Obviously, this is horrible news if you are a fan of the Brewers, as Davis hasn’t done much in his four years in the big leagues. What Milwaukee must really do is scratch the possibility of a Davis trade and sign free agent first baseman James Loney.
Davis has shown signs of potential in his young career. Unfortunately, he has never been able to consistently put it all together at the plate. He crushed 32 home runs and 90 RBI in 2012 but batted .227. In 2011, he posted a .302 batting average in 129 at-bats but didn’t produce that many runs.
Last season was by far the worst as he recorded just nine home runs, 33 RBI and a .205 batting average. He even had a 0-for-24 hitless streak in the early part of the season. It got so bad that the Mets were forced to send him down to Triple-A for 21 games so he could figure out how to fix his issues at the plate.
The fact that there’s even the slightest possibility that Milwaukee is willing to give up something for Davis is depressing. What’s even more depressing than that is this is how far the Brewers have fallen at the first base position. Prospect Hunter Morris is still more than a year away, and unfortunately, nobody emerged as a candidate last season.
The Brewers are still in on Loney. However, several reports suggest that he might be too expensive for what Milwaukee wants to pay. At this point, the Brewers need to pay whatever it takes to land Loney because he’s their only shot at getting any production out of the position. If they don’t, then what’s the point in having players like Aramis Ramirez and Kyle Lohse on the team?
I would like to believe that Davis would be a great fit in Milwaukee. It’s certainly possible that a change of scenery is all it takes for him to regain the impressive power he once showed. I just have to imagine the fan base would feel more comfortable with Loney.