Ike Davis does not live in a cave; he has heard all of the trade rumors connected to him since the Hot Stove portion of the baseball year opened for business. But if it were up to Davis, he would not leave Flushing.
“I just want a chance to play,” Davis told MLB.com Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo in a report posted Thursday. “Honestly, I’ve loved my time with the Mets. I’m still a Met right now and I don’t want to get traded. But that part of the game is not up to us. You want to stay, but you don’t have any say in it.”
Davis knows he had a poor 2013 — he hit just .203 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs in 103 games, a season in which he spent a month in the minors and a month on the disabled list.
“It’s not like an issue of not trying — I just think I was working on the wrong thing when I was trying to get out of it,” Davis said. “I can’t really blame anyone else but myself. I played terrible, that’s basically the bottom line of what happened. I’m way better than I showed.”
Davis has also heard statements from the front office that either he or Lucas Duda will be dealt. If it were up to him, Duda would be jettisoned.
“I know I’m a good baseball player and I know I’m going to play well. I wish it can be with the Mets, but it might have to be with someone else.”
There is no question about the fact that Ike Davis is a far superior player than Lucas Duda, but really, that’s not saying much. However, Davis needs to move on (Duda does as well, but that’s besides the point).
After his poor starts in each of the last two seasons, what happens if Davis opens 2014 with the Mets and goes hitless in his first two or three games? The media will be crying “Here we go again.” And Davis will press and the cycle will repeat itself.
It would not shock me if Davis goes to another team and does well. It would be even better if he could do it with the Mets, but I just don’t think that will happen.