5-6 teams have checked in with Mets on 1B
November, 11, 2013
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
Rob Carr/Getty ImagesIke Davis or Lucas Duda likely gets traded this offseason, although the deal may occur late in the winter.
The Mets likely would prefer trading Davis, although that is not a uniform opinion in the organization.
Davis' future is far more variable, and therefore he is the more risky player to trade. He could end up a 30-plus-homer guy with plus fielding skills. Or his career could go in the direction that prompted the Mets to demote him to Triple-A Las Vegas this past season.
Davis' salary will be significantly higher than Duda's, too. Davis, despite his subpar performance, is due to get a raise from the $3.125 million he earned this season. Duda will be first-time arbitration-eligible as a Super 2 and could earn less than $1 million in 2014.
The Mets may opt to go deep into the offseason with both on the roster before making a trade. The logic: If teams find the cost very high on the limited amount of power bats available via free agency, the Mets' relatively inexpensive first-base options may become more attractive.
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