These past few months have been extremely hard on Mets first baseman Ike Davis. The 26 year old entered last season with high hopes, and slumped for a majority of the season. He got no love from Mets fans, and he became the laughingstock of the team. In total, he hit .205/.336/.334, with nine homeruns, and 33 RBI’s. Of course, Davis will be the first to admit that he had a horrible 2013 season, but is it really that big of a deal? Earlier this offseason, his name came out in multiple trade rumors, and at one point… he almost got traded to the Orioles, who already have a first baseman. It is completely reasonable for Mets fans to be upset with Davis, as he did have his worst season yet, not including 2011 in which he played all of 36 games due to injury, but there is no need for the Mets to trade the young star.
First of all, Davis has proven himself defensively throughout his career. He has never had more than nine errors in a season and, in 2012 and 2013, his defense was the thing holding the Mets back from sending him down to the minors early in the season, if at all. Also, he has been extremely consistent with an lgFLD% around the .993 mark every year (.993 in 2010, .994 in 2011, .992 in 2012, and .994 in 2013), along with a total of 3,487 career putouts.
Although Davis is not too consistent at the plate, he still does have a few things going for him. For one, he has 67 career homeruns, and he has hit more than 20 homeruns in a season twice. He also has a career .434 slugging percentage and a .768 career OBP. Due to these numbers, plus a few more, Davis is yet to post an offensive WAR at or below zero, his lowest being 0.1 in 2013, leading to a career 4.2 WAR. More than that, Davis has also put of an oRAR of 48 in his four-year career, which is more than Buster Posey, who beat out Davis in 2010 Rookie of the Year voting, and won an MVP in 2012, has had in the same time span.
So what do all these numbers mean? For starters, they prove that Davis is not a terrible defensive or offensive first baseman. It also shows that he is no joke, and can still be an elite player in the future. This will come in handy for the Mets in 2014 and beyond. Not only will he provide them with a first baseman, but a power hitter as well. Of course, Davis is not a contact hitter, and will probably remain hitting in the low to mid .200’s, but he is still a worthy piece of the Mets future. But more than that, the Mets cannot afford to trade him away to another team, watch him shine, and become a worthy MVP candidate for that team, as it will only lead to yet another “what if…” story about our beloved New York team.