I’ve been a vocal supporter of Ike Davis in the past.
I’ve defended him during the bad times, and cheered him on during the good.
I even bought his tshirt-jersey hybrid thingy.
I thought he was part of the solution to turning around the Mets.
But unfortunately, he has been part of the problem.
As much as I like him, or rather the player that I think he can be, it’s impossible to say that Davis hasn’t been a major disappointment.
He never really had star player potential, but his promising rookie season in 2010 and stellar month in 2011 before falling victim to an injury provided fans with hope that he would anchor the first base position for years to come.
He was going to be one of many players who would help the Mets out of the dark ages of the end of the Omar Minaya Era and into the light of a brighter future.
But as I’ve detailed on this site before, his horrid first half in 2012 and lost season in 2013 have worked to seal his fate.
His punchless performance after being recalled from the minor leagues before an injury ended his season was the final nail in the coffin.
Where the Mets can still profit from Davis is that teams see him as a reclamation project.
According to Adam Rubin and John Heyman, the Astros, Orioles, Rays, Brewers and Rockies have all checked in with the Mets about the possibility of acquiring Davis. The Rays appear to be the most likely suitor at this point.
They have a recent history of taking on reclamation projects as their first basemen and getting great results (Casey Kotchman and James Loney), so the thought that they might try for a similar result from Davis is not farfetched.
Marc Topin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays could consider moving outfielder Matt Joyce to the Mets for Davis in a potential trade, as both players are slated for similar salaries.
While I’m not sure that Joyce – who is a career .249/.340/.455 hitter – is the best that the Mets could get in return for Davis, the thought of the trade is at least interesting to entertain.
For one, Joyce’s walk rates the past two seasons are 11.9 and 12.3 percent, respectively, and he boasts a respectable career ISO of .206. Davis’ career ISO is .192.
More importantly, he gives that production in the outfield, where the Mets could use some offensive help. A Davis trade would also allow the Mets to move Lucas Duda to first base, his natural position, where he has hit significantly better throughout his career (although admittedly, this could just be a random occurrence).
Even if this isn’t the trade that the Mets pull off, it seems more and more likely every day that Ike Davis’ days in Flushing are numbered.
As a fan, I’ll be sad to see Davis go, just because he’s a guy that I’ve always wanted to see succeed.
But in the end, it just isn’t working out in New York. No matter where he ends up, I’ll still root for him, and if he’s a late bloomer a la Chris Davis, I’ll be the happiest Mets blogger around.
Unfortunately, it just doesn’t look like that’s going to happen as long as he is a Met.
Joe Vasile is the voice of the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League and host of “Ball Four” on WTSR in Trenton. Follow him on Twitter at @JoeVasilePBP.