Not that anyone expected any different by now, but the Mets have all but officially ruled out first baseman Ike Davis returning this season.
General manager Sandy Alderson announced that Davis will remain shut down for 3-4 more weeks, at which point he’ll attempt to resume baseball activities nearly four months after suffering what was initially considered a minor ankle injury from a May 10 collision with David Wright.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York writes that “the question has been whether Davis eventually will need microfracture surgery to address cartilage damage in his left ankle.”
Davis’ injury helped open the door for Daniel Murphy to hit his way into the Mets’ plans for 2012, but 2011 turning into basically a lost season for Davis is a shame considering the 24-year-old former first-round pick hit .302 with seven homers and a .925 OPS in 36 games before going down.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles and Mets have discussed a trade for Matt Harvey.
Rosenthal says the discussions have involved a reliever going back to New York and observes that that Harvey and Brad Brach are projected for similar salaries in their final arbitration years which could make a financial match.
There have been a handful of Harvey rumors over the past couple of days, with a report coming out yesterday that the Mets have spoken with at least two teams about their fallen ace. Jon Heyman said today that the Rangers may have been one of those teams. Maybe the Orioles are the second or, perhaps, the third?
All if this has to be pretty deflating if you’re a Mets fan, given the promise and dominance Harvey showed before injuries waylaid him the past two seasons. Harvey is still just 28 but he made only 18 starts and one relief appearance last year, posting a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92.2 innings.
If the Mets can’t find a trade partner this winter, they’ll clearly hope for him to rebound at least a little bit in 2018, allowing him to regain some trade value.