New York Mets’ Last 5 Options For Ike Davis

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New York Mets' Last 5 Options For Ike Davis

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For someone whose status hasn’t changed at all, it sure has been a whirlwind offseason for New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis. Ever since the season ended, most of the talk regarding Davis has involved him being traded to another team. It’s been assumed for a long time that Davis would not be with the Mets at the start of the 2014 season, but as we move towards the second week of January with the start of spring training less than two months away, Davis is still a member of the Mets. All of the momentum towards trading him seems to have disappeared, leaving both him and the Mets uncertain as to what his future will be.

Earlier in the offseason, there were no less than a handful of teams in the running to acquire Davis in a trade. However, for one reason or another, most of those teams are no longer viable destinations. At one point, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked like the most likely destination, but with a minor trade they made, the Pirates may no longer want Davis. This has put the Mets in a bind as no team has been willing to pay the high price the Mets want in exchange for Davis, leaving the team with a dwindling list of options for what to do with him.

The Mets are down to about five options as to what they can do with Davis and few of them are anything close to how they foresaw this situation going when the offseason began. Yet, here they are caught in a bind with Davis and only these five options left on their plate.

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5. Trade Him To The Baltimore Orioles

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Baltimore isn’t a perfect fit for Davis, but the Mets and Orioles have talked a lot this offseason about a variety of players. The Orioles are still looking for a bat, so if they don’t sign a free agent like Nelson Cruz or Kendrys Morales they could take a flyer on Davis. However, the Mets will have to lower their price as the Orioles won’t be giving away Dylan Bundy or Eduardo Rodriguez -- two Baltimore prospects that the Mets covet -- in exchange for Davis.

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4. Release Him In Spring Training

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If the Mets can’t find a trade partner for Davis, they may choose to cut him during spring training. They can hope he gets off to a hot start in spring that will entice a team to take a chance on him, but if that doesn’t work they could cut Davis and avoid having to pay him most of his salary which could help them take on payroll later in the season. Of course, the Mets obviously prefer to get something in return for him, so this could be a last resort.

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3. Trade Him To Milwaukee Brewers

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The Mets have been trying to pry pitcher Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers for quite a while, but it doesn’t seem like Milwaukee is going to give him up for Davis. The Brewers may be the most likely trade destination left for Davis, but the Mets are going to have to come down on their price and hope that Milwaukee doesn’t fill their void at first base elsewhere.

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2. Keep Him and Trade Lucas Duda

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This option hasn’t received as much consideration as it should. Davis has a higher upside, he’s better defensively, and he actually has proven that he can hit 30 home runs in the big leagues. It could be worth keeping him and trading Duda as Duda may be easier to trade if the Mets put more focus on trying to unload him rather than Davis. It’s obviously risky to keep Davis in case he repeats what he did last year, but Duda isn’t a guarantee to be productive either so it’s not like the Mets would be choosing Davis over a sure thing.

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1. Keep Him and Keep Lucas Duda

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It seemed impossible at the start of the offseason that the Mets would keep both Davis and Duda, but it’s a realistic possibility right now. The Mets could have them compete for the starting first base job in spring training and they do have the option of sending Duda to the minors and having him wait there if Davis gets off to another sluggish start. That might not be such a bad idea if the Mets can’t get what they want for either Davis or Duda in a trade. Keeping both of them, at least at the start of season, could work for them if at least one of them can become productive and reliable in 2014.

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