The Mets have reportedly reached an agreement with Ike Davis to avoid arbitration, a $3.5 million contract for 2014. Can you believe Davis is still on the team?
Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweeted news of the deal Thursday afternoon. It is less than the $4 million I thought he would get, but still $3.5 million more than Davis actually deserves. It also represents a $375,000 raise over 2013, proving once again that you do not have to do your job well to get a raise these days.
Also today, MLB Trade Rumors reported that the Brewers will sign Mark Reynolds, which probably means they are out of the market for a first baseman. Milwaukee was the most likely landing spot for Davis, and now that appears to be gone.
It looks like Sandy Alderson overplayed his hand as well as overvalued Davis, so now the Mets might be stuck with him. Rival executives reportedly complain about Alderson’s “deliberate” (a kind way to say he is very, very slow) pace in trade talks as he repeatedly weighs the pros and cons of every transaction. It seems like the Brewers just got fed up with him and moved on. I wish the Wilpons would do the same!
In any case, unless something dramatic happens at the 11th hour, Ike Davis will be the Opening Day first baseman. It’s better than Lucas Duda, but it’s still not ideal.