The New York Mets were certain at the start of the offseason that they would trade away Ike Davis before the start of the 2014 season. However, rumors are now indicating that Mets’ brass is now planning on bringing Davis to spring training. Attempts to trade Davis have failed miserably, in part because the Mets have wanted too much in return for him. This has left the Mets with a handful of viable options for what to do with Davis, and it appears as if they are choosing to keep him, at least for now, and have him begin spring training still in a Mets’ uniform.
This doesn’t mean that the Mets can’t trade Davis between now and the start of spring training, as they had planned all along, but they’ve exhausted just about all of their options for trading him. There may be only two or three teams that are potential trade destinations for Davis, and none of them appear willing to meet the Mets’ demands, as general manager Sandy Alderson has stuck by his guns by refusing to trade away Davis or any other player for next to nothing.
As stubborn as Alderson has been with regard to trading Davis, bringing him to spring training would be the right move. Davis is too young and has too much potential for the Mets to simply give up on him. Bringing Davis to spring training will create competition between him and Lucas Duda at first base. It will also allow the Mets to showcase both Davis and Duda for other teams that may need a first baseman late in the spring as the regular season approaches.
Things obviously haven’t ended up the way Alderson and the Mets drew them up when the offseason began. But keeping Davis and having him come to spring training isn’t the worst thing in the world; it may even help the Mets in the long run if he’s able to somehow regain the form he had at the start of the 2011 season.