After a terribly injury-plagued season in 2011, Ike Davis bounced back and played in 156 games this past season. He did not quite return to the form he showed in his rookie season, but the New York Mets still see enough in him to make sure he stays with the team. They will not trade the young first baseman.
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets will bring Davis back but will continue their search for more power. Sherman says the Mets understand they would struggle to replace the 32 homers Davis hit in 2012. If they want more power, trading a home run hitting first baseman doesn't seem smart.
In 2010, Davis burst onto the scene. He made his Major League debut on April 19, 2010. In that season, Davis played in 147 games, hit .264/.351/.440 with 19 home runs, and finished seventh in National League Rookie of the Year voting. The Mets were instantly impressed. However, the 2011 season was a disaster.
Davis hit the disabled list in May of 2011 with ankle problems. He ultimately only played in 36 games that season. The one saving grace was the offense he did provide when he played. In 2011, Davis hit .302/.383/.543. He still had the talent, it was just a matter of keeping him on the field. In 2012, Davis was able to stay on the field, but he struggled to get back into the swing of being an everyday player.
His 32 home runs this past season were fantastic, but his batting average and on-base percentage left something to be desired. Davis hit .227/.308/.462 in 2012. If you want to talk value, Davis registered just 0.7 WAR according to Baseball Reference. That, despite his 32 home runs.
While Davis looks as if he will be healthy once again for the 2013 season, he will have to show signs of his 2010 and even his 2011 self to remain in New York. It's an unforgiving city, and Davis is hitting just his first arbitration eligible season this year. The Mets will not be locked into a long-term contract, so they can continue their evaluation of the 25-year old.
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