Hot Josh Satin Could Hurt Mets’ Chances Of Trading Ike Davis

The New York Mets are close to entering the dilemma stage with first baseman Ike Davis.

At the beginning of the season Davis was considered part of the Mets’ core, but for the second straight year slumped out of the gate. This time, the Mets tired of waiting for the flourish that never came and shipped him to Triple-A Las Vegas where he would presumably get “fixed,’’ by manager Wally Backman.

DAVIS: What will become of him?

DAVIS: What will become of him?

Davis was hot for a while and named Pacific Coast Player of the Week after hitting four homers in two games. That seems like a long time ago as he has cooled considerably, while at the same time his replacement, Josh Satin, is getting hot with the Mets.

After consecutive three-hit games, manager Terry Collins said Satin, “deserves some at-bats,’’ which he wouldn’t be getting if Davis was due up soon. Satin’s production puts pressure on GM Sandy Alderson about what to do about Davis’ future with the Mets.

Davis was reportedly due up at the beginning of this homestand, but the Mets balked, citing facing two left-handers each in back-to-back series against Washington and Arizona. If the Mets are reluctant to bring up Davis because of lefties, what message does that send to any prospective buyer at the trade deadline?

If Satin’s production keeps Davis down in Vegas, it also hurts whatever trade value he might have to the Mets. Davis is making $3.1 million this year and there’s a strong possibility the Mets might not tender him a contract, which is what happened last winter with Mike Pelfrey.

Pelfrey became a free-agent and signed with Minnesota, and should Davis become a free-agent there’s no way he’s coming back.

Some say Davis should be brought up to see what he could do the remaining three months of the season, but in actuality the Mets have one month if they hope to trade him by the deadline. There’s always waiver deals through August. Davis has likely already cleared waivers, but the Mets’ options lessen after July 31 as a potential trade can be blocked.

If the Mets are convinced Davis is part of their future and they’ll tender him a contract, there’s no problem. However, if they are certain they’ll cut him loose then it is imperative they do something soon. That means bringing him up and benching Satin, regardless of good the latter is playing.

If Davis is close to correcting his swing and approach away from pulling everything, he could bring value to a contender. The Yankees with Mark Teixeira out for the season are just one team in need of a first baseman.

Davis could help other teams, so if he’s not in their plans, the Mets need to act quickly as their window is closing.

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12 thoughts on “Hot Josh Satin Could Hurt Mets’ Chances Of Trading Ike Davis

  1. Imagine how much easier this would have been had the Mets sent Ike down last season or early this season. Is there anything this FO does right?

  2. I don’t care to make Ike look better so we could trade him

    What will we get back? A marginal low minor league guy who may never make AAA?

    I just looked up Pelf. He has a 6+ era and a 3-6 record. I am for getting better and neither makes us better. Satin is hitting and is a stop gap until he proves otherwise. I don’t know what happened to Ike. He was a blossoming player. Great glove and decent bat. He became terrible bat with bad attitude and ok glove. We picked up a 1b in the draft who is years away. There are more holes on this team than solid pieces. Our starting rotation is ok. We have no pen besides bobby and only 2 good position players.

    I am hoping Juan turns into a good CF. we need him to be good because all our OF who are any good are at least 2 years away.

    • I am glad the team has given up on Duda. It would be nice if he turns into a useful player, but he was another one that was being force fed onto the team without production.

    • dave: At this point, I don’t know how much Davis will bring back, either. Probably not much. But, I’d rather get little now than nothing later.-JD

  3. Can I ask respectfully, what is your source for continually saying the Mets may not tender Davis an offer after this season? What is your reason for constantly saying this? Don’t you think not making him an offer without trying to trade him is a responsible thing for a major league general manager to do?

    • Rob: I can’t tell you who said it because it was off the record. What I can tell you, is that after covering baseball for over 20 years – and the Mets since 2006 – that it is the likely course of action for this team. Here’s why: 1) the Mets are still very conscious of finances and Davis is making $3.1 million this year, a figure which will increase in the arbitration process, 2) they apparently have first basemen waiting in Josh Satin, Lucas Duda and possibly Wilmer Flores, 3) it is the same decision the Mets previously made with Mike Pelfrey, and 4) Davis has not developed as they hoped. I can’t say for sure that’s what they will do, but if history is an indicator that’s what will happen. I hope this answers your question and I hope you’ll return here often. Thanks.-JD

  4. There is no reason why the Mets would not tender Davis a contract. He makes around $3 million this year. Arbitration is not a guaranteed raise, and if ever there was a player to not get a raise through arbitration, it’s a dude hitting .170 and spent half the year in AAA. I would be surprised if the Mets didn’t think he was worth trying to figure out for $3 million, unless they’ve decided to totally write him off as even a mediocre player.

    • Brian: I don’t think the Mets have totally written off Davis, but it is close. If he doesn’t show something in the second half they will not tender him a contract.-JD

  5. Rob: One other thing. Yes, I think they will attempt to trade him if they can, and that’s why this month is important.-JD

  6. I don’t get this. Satin’s performance means that Davis is less likely to get promoted, and that means Ike’s trade value suffers. OK. But you said Davis should have been sent down at least a month earlier. What would that have done to his trade value?

    The bottom line is, there is ONE thing that is causing Ike Davis’s trade value to plummet right now, and that is Ike Davis’s performance, at whatever level. You can’t blame everything on the front office.