Spring training is making everyone a little bit crazy
Opening Day is less than two weeks away, and that’s a good thing because the Florida sun certainly seems to be affecting some folks down in Port St. Lucie.
Adam Rubin reports that Sandy Alderson is trying again to deal Ike Davis. The Mets’ GM overvalued the underachieving Davis this winter and couldn’t move him. Now teams are supposed to be interested when Davis has missed all but two games of spring training and still isn’t running the bases because of a calf injury?
That makes no sense.
At this point, the best thing to do is move on. Put Davis on the DL or option him to Las Vegas and let them put him on the minor league DL until he’s ready to play. If Davis starts putting up monster numbers in Triple-A, then start shopping him again – but this time with realistic expectations.
I’d give Lucas Duda until the weekend to get over his hamstring injury and be ready to participate fully in games, or I’d move him to the DL too. If Duda is on the team, the Mets’ best in-house first base option is a platoon of Duda and Josh Satin. If he’s not, the best idea might be to slide Daniel Murphy over to first and play Eric Young Jr. at second base.
Neither are exactly appealing, but there’s a point where it becomes necessary to accept reality and we’re pretty much there.
Maybe next winter the Mets will have the budget and the willpower to address all of their glaring weaknesses.
Alderson and the Mets’ leadership need a reality check in another area, too. They can ask Matt Harvey to rehab in Florida and avoid talking to the media, but thanks to the collective bargaining agreement they can’t force him to obey.
I do like the idea that Harvey wants to be around his teammates while he works his way back from Tommy John surgery, and I’ve yet to see an explanation for why Port St. Lucie is a better choice.
But for his part, I wish Harvey would do a better job of emulating his “role model” Derek Jeter. Have you heard from the Yankee captain since his retirement announcement media availability?
Ah well, in just a few more days we can start obsessing over games that count in the standings… along with some of the same unresolved spring training issues.
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