I was watching the Curtis Granderson press conference on SNY, and a short time after Granderson (who likes salmon way more than I do) was interviewed Sandy Alderson took a turn. It was the usual, and really, what can Alderson say right now? I understand. But I was watching anyway, as it was early afternoon and it’s not like I was missing anything else on TV. And then came a good moment of reality television, when Kevin Burkhardt asked Sandy if it was possible that Ike Davis and Lucas Duda could both still be Mets a few months from now. The question froze Alderson, who couldn’t bring himself to answer. Seconds passed, more than one or two, and I could just imagine what Sandy was thinking:
“No, no, no, not if there is a God in heaven.”
Eventually the poor guy said something about it not being optimal or something like that. The truth is the answer wasn’t nearly as interesting as the frozen moment. We know that Sandy knows that one of these guys has to go. The trick is making it happen. We have joked many times about Sandy Alderson’s salary; well he is earning it right now. He is a salesman, and his product is Ike Davis.
I keep thinking about the conversation with fellow GMs. It could go like this.
Sandy: “Hey, any interest in Ike? He has big time power.”
GM: “You need power, why are you trading him?”
Sandy: (a long, long pause, followed by a shrug)
GM: “Maybe we will take a shot. What does he make in 2014?”
Sandy:(another long, long pause, followed by a shrug)
Now that is just my take and the good news is I am always wrong about Davis. So there is hope yet, of not only a trade, but a good one. But if it is about me being wrong the Mets should just keep the guy. Because I’m convinced Ike would be horrible if he stays. That alone might be reason enough to trade Duda.
There are others.