Enigmatic First Baseman Gets $375,000 Raise Off 9-Homer, 33-RBI Season

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Is he going or staying? We probably know the answer now.

According to numerous reports, the Mets have avoided arbitration with Ike Davis, agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the first baseman on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the Mets agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million contract with infielder Ruben Tejada.

It is believed the Mets tried to trade Davis, shopping him all over baseball, but there simply wasn’t a good match. Davis has been an enigma since debuting with the Mets in 2010, showing signs of being a good power but also disappearing for long stretches.

The 26-year-old slugger hit .264 with 19 homers and 71 RBI in 2010, and followed that up by hitting .302 with 7 homers and 25 RBIs during an injury plagued 2011 season that saw him play in just 36 games.

Davis the hitter for average disappeared in 2012, as he batted .227, but put up a career-high 32 homers and 90 RBI. Many thought he was primed for big things last season, but they never materialized. Davis ended up hitting just .205 with 9 homers and 33 RBI in 103 games.

Somehow he managed to parlay that season into a $375,000 raise for 2014.

The Mets other arbitration-eligible players include: Bobby Parnell, Dillon Gee, Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda and Eric Young Jr.

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