How Can Ike Davis Not Be Upset By The Trade Talk?

New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson recently told MLB.com Ike Davis was not annoyed by the persistent trade talk since the end of the season.

“I don’t think any of this talk over the winter has bothered him,’’ Alderson said. “I think he’s anxious to get to spring training and show what he can do.’’

I can buy him being anxious for spring training, if for no other reason, than to prove he can play so he can get out of Dodge.

If you’re the Mets and think Davis isn’t bothered by the talk of him being a bust and of him being traded, then do you really want him back? If you’re the Mets, you don’t want to hear Davis is in a good mood as Alderson said, but royally hacked off.

What Alderson said and what Davis told the New York Daily News are two different things. Davis sounded hurt, which should be construed as a positive.

“I want to go back,’’ Davis said. “I want to have another chance. I want to win with the Mets. I don’t want to leave on this kind of note.’’

But, he seems resigned to the possibility of him leaving.

I’m no longer thinking the Mets will work a deal with Milwaukee, or to anybody else for that matter, before the start of spring training, which is little more than a month away.

If the Mets are to trade Davis, it will be closer to the start of the season, after teams have gone through spring training and know what holes they have in their line-up.

Until then, Davis isn’t going anywhere, at least not for the asking price for those on the line with Alderson.

“We’re not going to move Ike just to move Ike – or any other player for that matter,’’ Alderson said. “This is a trade market, not a yard sale, and right now we’re perfectly happy to go into spring training with Davis and [Lucas] Duda both on the team.’’

Alderson insists the Mets aren’t actively talking with anybody about Davis, and such discussions would come suddenly; say after an injury strikes down somebody else’s first baseman.

While the Brewers have been most prominently mentioned, the call could come from anywhere.

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13 thoughts on “How Can Ike Davis Not Be Upset By The Trade Talk?

  1. Well, all this trade talk should have done one thing for Ike Davis, bring him down back to Earth. Now he realizes that no other team wants him and if he doesn’t perform this coming year, he may be out of baseball all together.

    • Joe: Let’s hoping it does. Davis needs to change his approach to the plate and be more selective to cut his strikeouts and go up the middle and to the opposite field. He’s too enamored with pulling the ball and hitting homers. If he just goes up the middle he’ll get enough opportunities to pull the ball and hit homers. If he just hit .250-.275, that would mean a lot more hits – including extra base hits – and run-producing opportunities. He just hasn’t realized that.-JD

  2. As I have said before, with what happened in the offseason I don’t understand the desire to get rid of Ike.

    Ike is projected to have as much power, drive in as many runs and hit for the same avg as the two new players who will improve our team.

    Why get rid of someone who is cheaper than the two you spent so much time and money getting?

    • Dave: The Mets aren’t happy with his production. I don’t believe the trade talk was to light a fire under him. The minor leagues didn’t. It is up to Davis to put in the effort and energy to become the player anticipated of him. If he stays, this is his last chance.-JD

  3. I like that saying “The best trades are the ones not made,” and would hope it apply’s to Ike Davis this year.

  4. Ike and company were probably the worst 1b in the entire league. That the mets are considering going with Ike yet again is worse than a punt. Does anyone think he can produce a 240/16/75 season? And that would be a below average 1b.

  5. Ike Davis is a pro baseball player, not a petulant child. He knows his performance in the field was lacking and when your performance is lacking, you can get sent elsewhere. If you were bothered by that sort of thing, you’d never make it to the major leagues.

    • Reality Chuck: No argument from be. As with any professional athlete, you’re going to have bad games and fail more than you succeed. If you can’t put negatives behind you you’ll never succeed.-JD