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.