Originally written on hardballchat.com  |  Last updated 10/24/14
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Ike Davis was unhappy with the New York Mets over possible trade rumors recently, and he made his opinion well known. Davis was not pleased with the fact that the Mets openly discussed the possibility of trading him this coming offseason. But if the Mets are likely to deal Davis, may I suggest that the Boston Red Sox place a well timed inquiry as to the first baseman’s availability? If the Mets do plan on trading Davis to free up more at-bats for Lucas Duda, trading him to the Red Sox could make perfect sense. Boston has traded away their first basemen of the future and the present over the past couple of seasons. After dealing Anthony Rizzo to the San Diego Padres in the deal that helped them acquire Adrian Gonzalez, the Red Sox traded Gonzalez to the Los Angeles Dodgers during this season. They acquired James Loney in exchange, but he is only seen as a one year stop gap option for Boston. That will leave them with a hole at first base after this season. With no top prospect at that position on their way up any time soon, the Red Sox will either have to acquire one via the trade route or through free agency. Davis may be a perfect fit. Davis would come as a very attractive option for his left handed power as well as his extremely inexpensive contract. Signed through this season, Davis is making just over $500,000 in 2012. He will be arbitration eligible from 2013-2016, so his salary will certainly increase as soon as next season. Still, for a player who has hit 30 home runs this season at Citi Field, a move to Fenway Park could add at least five more long balls to Davis’ numbers in 2013. At just 25-years-old, David is still just entering the prime of his career. Aside from an injury that cost him the majority of the 2011 season, Davis has been relatively healthy. While the Mets have questioned his willingness to make changes based on coaches’ advice, Davis has said that he has a very strong work ethic. “I have never missed games or not been ready to work because of anything to do with staying up too late,” Davis told the Daily News Tuesday morning. “I show up every day. I play hard.” While his average is less than appealing at just .227, Davis’ power numbers make up for that to a certain degree. He is still a career .252 hitter and has driven in 88 runs in a relatively weak Mets lineup. A trade to the Red Sox could see a spike in his numbers across the board.  
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