It was obvious at the end of the 2011 season that the Mets needed to make trades because the talent on the roster did not fit. Sandy Alderson made only one notable trade last offseason, but it did not address the logjam or bring in needed C or OF help. Now Alderson finally seems ready to do what he should have done last year and the reaction from the fan base is … panic? I don’t get it.
Much has been made recently about the Mets trading Ike Davis. The team has three people on the major league roster – Davis, Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy – capable of being a full-time first baseman. There’s nobody capable of being a full-time outfielder and after the year Josh Thole had, it’s an open question if there’s anyone capable of being a full-time catcher, either.
I lIke Davis – even have him on my dynasty fantasy league. But if trading Davis gets the Mets a power-hitting righty-hitting OF, I shake his hand and wish him luck as I usher him out the door. I truly believe this should be the reaction of every fan of the team. No one is suggesting trading him for a bag of broken bats and a pop-up toaster and you have to give up something to get something.
Rightly or wrongly, Davis likely has the most trade value of any of the Mets’ potential starting first basemen. And he absolutely should be dangled as part of a package to see if the Mets could get someone the equivalent of Justin Upton or Wilin Roasrio – someone to fit a position of need and to help balance the lineup by providing a power bat from the right side.
I recognize that fans worry that trading Davis now will be akin to trading Amos Otis or Ken Singleton as they were on the verge of having excellent careers. However, I have faith that the current front office will not trade for a guy like Joe Foy or overpay for a guy like Rusty Staub.
My question to you is: Do you oppose trading Davis because you have no faith in Alderson and company to make a good deal or is there another reason why you are so upset at the Davis trade rumors?