Pick one (considering their only justifiable position being first base) who you could plug in as your everyday first baseman and stick with it for the foreseeable future. It’s becoming readily apparent that both of these players can’t exist on the same team.
While Daniel Murphy is filling in at first for the time being—where he shouldn’tt be in the first place—he is nothing but a stop gap option until Davis can fix what ails him.
So, what should the Mets do here?
Should they commit to the player who is performing at the moment in Duda. This way, they can fix two problems at one time. First, they could field a player with an OPS more in line with that of a first baseman. And secondly, they can take Duda out of the outfield, a position he was never—and never will be—equipped to play and plug him at a position he was built to play.
Or are some of you in the camp that we should be a little more patient with Davis? After all, this is the same guy who has hit 63 home runs in 1,357 career at bats. While his OPS this year is an dreadful .500, Davis has a career .756 OPS and that is a number more indicative of what kind a hitter Davis really is. Plus, Davis has shown, although not this year, that is more than a capable defender and is good with the glove. More so than Duda.
Regardless, the Mets can’t go into ext season with both of these players on the roster.
Clearly Davis needed to be demoted. He needed a mental break from the spotlight and get away from New York. He needed to rediscover his stroke, as that was not going to happen in Queens. No one will argue this.
However in due time, Davis shall get better and then the Mets will recall him in a few weeks.
While Duda does profile best as a first baseman, he would have been playing first base on a temporary basis while Davis is in Las Vegas. (Then again it makes no sense that Murphy is there now, as Josh Stain should be getting his chance there. Why bring him up in the first place?). So I guess I see the Mets stance there. I think the Mets know that Duda’s best position in first base. Perhaps they wanted to showcase Murphy’s versatility to enhance his trade value.
Regardless, in the next few weeks as trade deadline speculation heats up, it would behoove the Mets to figure who they want as their first baseman going forward—and decide fast.