NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Ike Davis might not be the only Met in danger of being demoted.
According to the New York Daily News, shortstop Ruben Tejada and outfielder Jordany Valdespin aren’t exactly on safe ground.
“According to team sources, the Mets have discussed demoting all three, although not in the dramatic, package-deal fashion,” Andy Martino of the New York Daily News wrote on Tuesday.
New York’s first baseman has been far and away the worst of the trio this season. The fourth-year player — who was touted as the first baseman of the future — is batting just .152 with four home runs and nine RBIs. He owns a putrid .234 on-base percentage and has struck out an alarming 48 times in 138 at-bats.
The slugger heard a chorus of boos on Monday night at Citi Field after going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the Mets’ loss to the Reds.
A report came out last week that Davis would potentially be sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas if he struggled in the weekend series at Wrigley Field, but general manager Sandy Alderson assured the former first-round pick that a demotion was not imminent.
Tejada had a very solid campaign for the Amazin’s in 2012, but he, too, has not performed up to par a quarter through the season. At the beginning of the year his struggles were primarily defensively — he’s committed seven errors — but he’s been solid at shortstop as of late.
With the bat, however, the 23-year-old — known to be a quality line-drive hitter — has been putting too many balls in the air. He’s currently hitting just .213 with a .278 on-base percentage.
And then there is the curious case of Valdespin. Known in New York as JV1, Valdespin has again been very valuable off the bench for the Mets, though he’s been exposed when he’s been called on to start.
But the bigger issue surrounding Valdespin is his personality. His brash, loud, excitable manner has drawn the ire of many, including his teammates.
Alderson admitted to WFAN host Mike Francesa on May 13, “I’m not telling you he’s the most popular guy in the clubhouse. That would be misleading.”
In a part-time/platoon role, Valdespin is batting .218 with three home runs, 11 RBIs and a .282 on-base percentage in 78 at-bats.
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