Ike Davis avoids arbitration with Mets, likely to stay with team until Spring Training

By Steven InmanimagesCAU5LIB3

The Mets have avoided arbitration with 1B Ike Davis. Davis will earn $3.5 million in 2014 and will have two more years of arbitration eligibility after this year. Davis was rumored to be on the trade block throughout the offseason, with teams such as Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee being interested in the slugger. All of those teams have since moved on.

The Rays resigned James Loney, the Pirates have are going with a platoon and the Brewers signed Mark Reynolds to play first base on Thursday. The Mets clearly overplayed their hand here but it didn’t make sense to give Ike away.

Instead he will now go to Spring Training in Port. St Lucie and compete for the first base job with Lucas Duda. It should be one of the most interesting stories during camp. If the Mets elect to cut Davis before the season they will only owe him about $600K.

2 Comments

Steve – Today, 1/17/14, it was reported that the Mets have re-signed Eric Young Jr. This is more good news for the Mets. Like you have already commented to me the Mets are apparently now doing the right thing in re-signing all of their arbitration eligible players. In particular, ERJ gives the Mets a dimension of speed that was sorely lacking after the departure of Jose Reyes. No, Eric isn’t the same player as Reyes but he leaves it all on the field every game and all that with out the Reyes type histrionics that seemed to ignite the opposition. It has been reported that in ST the Mets plan to work with Eric on improving his bunting skills. As you know a walk or a bunt single for a guy with speed often translates into a double after a stolen base. With less than two outs Mets hitters should see more FBs and while on third (he can also lead the Mets in triples) Eric can score on a hit, sac fly, passed ball, wild pitch, balk, error or a squeeze. All of this adds up to a more energetic and exciting offensive game of small ball and manufactured runs for the Mets. In addition, Eric was in the running for a gold glove for his out field play in 2013. So, Lets Go Eric and Lets Go Mets!

Mike, Eric is going to be very important for the Mets this season as with all the injuries they have had in the past, i find it unlikely Lagares, Granderson and Chris Young will be healthy enough to play everyday all year. EY will be counted on this year as a pinch runner nearly every night too.

Plus with all the uncertainty on the Mets bench right now it is nice to know that if someone in the outfield gets hurt EY can step in and play everyday.

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