NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sandy Alderson is apparently back at it.
Ike Davis may not be a Met by opening day. Then again, he may be the starting first baseman. In the interim he’s again being dangled by general manager Alderson, according to an ESPN New York report.
Even if there is interest, Davis will first have to prove he’s healthy. He’s missed the last two weeks’ worth of spring training games due to an injured right calf.
It is believed that Alderson has followed up with the teams that first showed interest in Davis during the offseason, which included the Pittsburgh Pirates, Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles.
Davis, who will turn 27 on Saturday, had a disastrous season for the Mets in 2013. The former first-round pick batted just .205 with nine home runs and 33 RBI in 103 games. He was sent down to the minors in June and batted .364 in 10 games at Triple-A before being recalled in early July. After hitting .161 prior to his demotion, he hit .286 with a .449 on-base percentage in the second half of the campaign.
But the power never came, and he struck out 101 times in 317 at-bats.
Lucas Duda, who is Davis’ primary competition for the first base job, has also been hurt this spring, playing in just three games. However, it is believed the Mets have no intention of trading the 28-year-old slugger, the report said.
Duda was slightly more productive than Davis this past season, batting .223 with 15 home runs and 33 RBIs in 100 games. He drew 55 walks and posted a .352 on-base percentage, striking out 102 times in 318 at-bats. The 27-year-old also spent time in the minors in 2013.
He played 34 games at first base and 58 games in left field for the Mets this past season.
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