Here We Go Again: Another Spring with Davis and Duda

Ike watches ballA year ago at this time, the Mets had two left-handed, power-hitting first basemen, Lucas Duda and Ike Davis. In 2012, Davis had been much more productive than Duda when at his best, and ┬ámind-numbingly bad at his worst. The bad stuff was not for a short period; it went on for months, and it started on Opening Day. Combined with brutal play from Jason Bay in left field, it helped ruin a season for the team quickly. Since the season was going nowhere, Davis could be afforded the rest of the season to hit, and Ike delivered, he was the good Ike. During all of it, the other left-handed first baseman, Duda, was tried in the outfield. He proved himself more consistent with the bat than Davis, but of the two players, Ike’s highs were higher than Duda’s. Lucas did not hit enough to really distinguish himself as the answer at first base. He did establish that he couldn’t play the outfield, not one bit.

That combination of performances made the decision on what to do for 2013 difficult. So the Mets punted on a decision, with the underlying rationale being they were punting the entire 2013 season. Competing in 2013 was not a goal; the year was treated as one long extended spring training exercise. Within those parameters, they reinstalled Davis at first, and tossed Duda back out to the outfield so they could continue to monitor their bats. Sure, by now it was clear Duda would hurt the team more with his glove out there than he could hit but it was a good year to deal with it. We weren’t trying to win anyway, and the extra information on Duda would clear this up once and for all.

Davis, to his credit, did his part, putting together a putrid year. Duda really did his, too, proving again that he is a much more consistent hitter than Ike. But nothing special, either. And, if there were any doubters, he proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he should never set foot in the outfield again.







Now it’s almost March of 2014. And, lo and behold, Davis and Duda remain on the roster. The latest news is that Davis will play almost every day at first, and that Duda could actually see time in the outfield. Why? So that the front office can watch them both and make a decision. As if what is needed is more evaluation time.

Now every once in a while we are teased with a trade rumor, and it would sure be an act of mercy for Mets fans if a trade ever got executed. If not, we are poised for another year of indecision. Duda and Davis are not kids anymore, and the plusses and minuses are known. The only people who don’t seem to think so are named Alderson and Collins.

Since launching this blog, we have written many posts addressing the Duda/Davis issue. I’m incredulous that the issue remains. It makes me so uneasy. If this front office can’t settle this one item, how can they ever provide the leadership to build a winning team?



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  1. James Preller says:

    To be clear, the organization has had these two duplicate players on the ML roster since 2010 — the entire length of Alderson’s time as GM.

  2. dave says:

    you’ve undoubtedly heard of a ‘grace period’ to describe the process of evaluating the merits of something, but lo & behold, mets’ fans, i present you with 2 ballplayers having ‘grace careers.’ only in queens …

  3. Alan K. says:

    The only reason I can see for both still being here is that neither has any significant trade value and the front office is afraid that they may flourish elsewhere. But at some point you have to make a decision whatever the consequences are and move forward to the next option. It’s not as if either player can claim that they weren’t given the opportunity.

    • The key word in your paragraph is “afraid.” This is an organization that has been playing defense for the past few years. Time to take a reasonable chance or two and make a move, whether it works out or not. It’s not like they have much to lose at this point by moving in a different direction. Even if, unlikely as it is, Ike Davis is traded and turns into a stud somewhere else, it’s not like anyone can say the Mets gave up on him too soon.

  4. W.k. kortas says:

    If Collins, Alderson, et al really think that a few dozen spring at bats–and lord only knows how many of those will be against guys who will spend their summers in Syracuse or Reading or Altoona or wherever–is going to provide them with some sort of epiphany, then this organization needs to tear everything down and start over.

  5. Eraff says:

    IF he’s not traded of Cut, Ike will start.

  6. Eraff says:

    …and he might be cut based on any other payroll they add.

  7. RAFF says:

    I think the Mets might have a big brouhaha on their hands if they cut Ike. I know we’ve covered this territory in this discussion several weeks ago, and the Met’s can somehow cut him and only be liable for something like $600K. But I wonder how this might be challenged if they cut him, and a dispute arises if, I fact, some other team at some point actually made a trade offer. By cutting him in training camp, they would therefore have been the direct cause of his financial loss and lack of ability to gain employment due to the timing of his cut (spring training)

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