Supposedly, the New York Mets have a half-dozen potential trading partners for flawed first baseman Ike Davis.
However, based on service time, Davis has no ability to void a trade. Even so, that doesn’t mean he’s open to the idea of leaving.
Davis told the Mets’ website on MLB.com he doesn’t want to leave Citi Field for Milwaukee, Tampa Bay or the launching pad in Baltimore.
“I just want a chance to play,’’ said Davis, who hit .205 with nine homers and 33 RBI in a frustrating season punctuated by a lengthy stay in the minor leagues. “Honestly, I’ve loved my time with the Mets. I’m still a Met right now and I don’t want to get traded. But that part of the game is not up to us. You want to stay, but you don’t have any say in it.’’
There are several compelling reasons why the Mets could re-consider their stance to shop their once-future centerpiece slugger:
* He has shown an ability to hit with power evidenced by 32 homers in 2012, a season that featured a lengthy first-half slump.
* There might not be a good enough offer for him, or some other team might snag Lucas Duda in a trade first, leaving first base open.
* Duda might not prove to be the answer, either.
The arbitration process, considering Davis’ season, might be kind to the Mets (he made $3.1 million last year).
* At 26, Davis is a year younger.
* It has always been something with Davis, either a slump or injury, so he hasn’t had an uninterrupted season with the Mets. Giving Davis another year could give him time enough to figure it out for 2015, the year they pencil in to be competitive with the return of Matt Harvey.
If it happens, Davis said he would suck it up and accept what the baseball gods give him.
“That’s life, man,’’ Davis said. “You can’t just sit there and cry. You’ve just got to move on. Like this year: I’m not going to sit here and pout because I’ve been bad. No, I’m going to work my butt off and see if I can be better next year. That’s the only way to live life.’’
Both Duda and Davis have a high propensity for striking out, but the Mets might prefer the former because of a slightly better on-base percentage last season (.352-.326).