Originally written January 20, 2013 on MetsZilla:
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It’s another weekend where most sports fans will have their eyes on the NFL Conference Championship games, but for the Mets faithful, besides enjoying some Free NFL Playoff Picks, there was good news regarding first basemen Ike Davis (who was also apparently enjoying the NFL playoffs). #bbpBox_293097489165328384 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_293097489165328384 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } Julio Jones is a BAD man, wow! about 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite @Iked29 Ike Davis Yesterday morning it was reported that both Daniel Murphy and Ike Davis had officially exchanged arbitration figures with the New York Mets.   Davis filed at $3.7 million while the Mets offered $2.825 million and Murphy requested $3.4M with New York putting in an offer of $2.55 million. It didn’t take long for New York to find a middle ground with Ike, as Adam Rubin of ESPN New York pointed out: Photo by Michael G. Baron Ike Davis and the Mets have settled to avoid arbitration, a baseball source tells ESPNNewYork.com. It’s believed Davis will earn $3.125 million in 2013. He was a “Super Two” — meaning he has three more years of arbitration eligibility before being eligible for free agency after the 2016 season. Davis’ settlement leaves only Daniel Murphy unresolved as far as arbitration-eligible players. Bobby Parnell settled for $1.7 million Thursday.” Ike had a great second half of the season for the Mets and is primed for what most hope will be a career year.  While Ike hit just .227 in 2012, he hit .255 after the All-Star break and blasted 20 of his team-leading 32 homers during that time.  Davis’ was second on the team with 90 RBI, behind only David Wright (92), but he did strikeout a team-leading 141 times.   As Anthony DiComo of MLB.com wrote earlier this offseason, Ike is optimistic about 2013 after a roller coaster season just a year ago: Davis rebounded to rank among the league leaders in most power-hitting categories after the All-Star break, finishing with a career-high 32 homers and 90 RBIs. So unlike last December, when uncertainty hounded him, Davis has nothing but optimism heading into 2013. Photo by Michael G. Baron “I’m actually super excited. I’m healthy, and hopefully I don’t get some crazy disease,” Davis said earlier this week at the Mets’ holiday party, poking fun at his Valley Fever scare. That’s good news for the Mets, who are depending upon Davis more than ever. With Wright settling in as more of a moderate power hitter than a 35-homer basher, Lucas Duda struggling to gain a foothold as a legitimate starting outfielder and Scott Hairston potentially leaving via free agency, the Mets are relying on Davis for a big chunk of their power production in 2013. No one in the lineup is more of a threat to go deep. Still just 25 years old, Davis has the tools to continue proving himself in seasons to come. He is fully healed from the bone bruise in his left ankle that nearly wrecked his career. And as for the Valley Fever scare, a recent checkup revealed a clear set of lungs. Another reason for Davis to be excited heading into spring. “[I'm] not wondering about whether my ankle will hold up or being exhausted and just trying to get back,” he said. “I lost the rhythm of the game because I was out for so long, and this year’s going to be different just because I’m healthy, and I’m going to come in with more energy and probably stronger than last.” The Mets will need Ike to take his game to the next level this season as he tries to provide some consistent pop in the middle of the line-up for Terry Collins.  A healthy and focused Davis with only baseball to worry about is a refreshing change from the start of 2012 and hopefully that will translate into a hot start.
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