Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Ike wants Bourn in Queens
By Matt Ehalt
If it were up to Ike Davis, the Mets would have a new center fielder this year in Michael Bourn.
"As a guy that likes to drive in runners, I would love Bourn to be on the bases when I'm hitting just because how he changes the game," Davis said before being honored at the Thurman Munson Awards in New York City. "We're going to see more fastballs if he's on the team, he's definitely going to help out the second hole hitter, David (Wright), me, in every aspect of the game. Yeah, it would be great. He's also an amazingly good defender out in center field."
As the Mets prepare to begin spring training shortly, Davis has some wishful thinking that the team will bring in a free agent or two, although he's excited for the young talent in the organization. Bourn is the premier free agent on the market, but the team is reluctant to part way with its draft pick to sign him.
"I think we got some new people that might help just as much and it's still not over, hopefully we can make some key additions," Davis said. "Even if they are little, everything is going to help."
Aside from the trade of R.A. Dickey, the Mets have not made a splash this offseason, bringing in Shaun Marcum on a one-year deal. While Bourn likely wouldn't put the Mets on the level of the Braves or Nationals, who both reloaded this offseason, he'd be an upgrade to the Mets outfield.
While Davis is hoping for the best with Bourn, and other free agents, he has positive vibes about the team. He doesn't believe the team is that far away from contending, pointing to the resigning of Wright to a major deal as evidence.
"I think the signing of David means the Mets are getting more aggressive. Just shows that we're not too far away and we are in the year, or the next year or two, are trying to put winning baseball on the field," Davis said. "I'm excited David's going to be here for a long time, hopefully I can join him, and hopefully we can change the culture around here a little bit."
Davis finished the second half strong in 2012 and hopes he can turn that into a season-long production with some good health. In 2011, he only played 36 games after injuring his ankle. Last season, valley fever hampered him in spring training and carried over to the regular season as it took him until July 4 to stay above .200. He finished the year at .227 with 32 homers and 90 RBIs.
The first baseman said his lungs are fine, and the spores he had on them are gone and have not left him with scars. He said he's stronger than he was last year and he's pumped for the season to commence.
"There's still some things happening and I'm excited for the season to start," Davis said. "Hopefully the players that were on the team last year got a little better and we play a little better this year."