That was the subject of last night’s meeting with the two players and Mets decision-makers, according to the New York Post.
Look, I think we all know the problem here. Neither Davis nor Tejada are playing at a competent MLB level. But not only are they the best long-term answer in the organization, with the Mets bereft of young 1B or SS alternatives in New York, Las Vegas or Binghamton, but they might be the best short-term answer, too.
The alternative to Davis is Lucas Duda, and he would be a fine first baseman, with a lower ceiling than you’d prefer, but fine. It does compromise the lineup, since Duda is already in there, so you are trading the prospect of a Davis resurrection like 2012 for whatever 100 games of, say, Kirk Nieuwenhuis looks like.
And Tejada’s replacement, Omar Quintanilla, is 31 with a career OPS+ of 50. The OPS+ that is getting Tejada so much front office face time? 52.
Of course, the larger question of how we got here is far more relevant to the future of the team than how this is resolved. No permutation leads to contending, after all, while these regressions mean the Mets need to find a bullpen, some starting pitching, an outfield, two infielders, and possibly a catcher this winter.
We’ll save the money off the books fairy tale for another day, but safe to say when ownership owes that much money, what really matters is how much their lenders let them add in salary, not how much is coming off the books.
Anyhow, today’s issue is how drawn out this has been, and how public. I don’t think it did Ike any good, and yet the pattern seems to be followed with Tejada. And the difference in how decisively things happened betweem October 2010, when Sandy Alderson got here, and now, is immense. This whole Davis situation feels like something out of previous administrations.
The backstory on how decisions are made these days is likely a fascinating one. But however it is happening, the result has been a disservice to these players, just as batting Ike Davis, a player who needs to see good pitches to hit right now, in the eighth spot virtually guaranteed he wouldn’t.
Somehow, the Mets have exacerbated the struggles of a guy already hitting .150. That’s tough to do.