We suspected as much yesterday, but word on the street is that in light of Mike Jacobs being designated for assignment, Mets’ first base prospect Ike Davis will be called up this week.
Are they rushing Davis? Doesn’t seem like it. He only a handful of at bats under his belt, but so far in AAA he’s hit .364 with two homers and a couple of doubles, this after a spring training where he never seemed overmatched by anyone. Compare that to the utter dearth of production the Mets have had at first from Jacobs and Fernando Tatis and you have to figure that there’s way more risk in not calling him up than calling him up, at least from the team’s perspective. And the guy’s 23, so it’s not like he’s a kid or something.
Davis is not strong against lefties, so figure that Tatis will still get some hacks with a southpaw on the mound, but make no mistake: Davis is the Mets’ future, and the future is now.
Update (7:00 PM ET): The MLBPA announces that the deadline has been extended 24 hours while MLB and NPB continue to negotiate a new agreement for the posting system. The new deadline is 8 PM ET on Tuesday.
Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.
Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.
Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.