Mets could extend Ike Davis

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New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson is interested in signing first baseman Ike Davis to a contract extension that covers all three of his arbitration years, according to MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone:

Sandy Alderson will consider signing Ike Davis to a contract that covers his three years of arbitration, the GM told the New York Post’s podcast yesterday.

“It has to fit for us. It has to fit for the player,” he explained. “So, in his case, and maybe one or two others, we keep an eye on it. Sometimes the player is not interested, sometimes the agent is not interested. It’s one of those things that has to work for both sides.”

The Mets and Davis agreed to a one-year, $3.125 million contract to avoid arbitration in January. Davis turns 26 in exactly one week and is trying to recapture the magic that helped him break out in his rookie season in 2010. That year, he hit .264 with a .351 on-base percentage. Despite hitting 32 home runs last year, it was a low average and OBP (.227, .308) that sunk his offensive value.

2017 Preview: The American League East

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East

Boston may have the most talent and, in Mookie Betts, the best player. The Yankees have the best farm system. Baltimore has all the dingers and the best closer. Toronto may have the best collection of heels, at least in the view of fans of the other AL East teams.  The Rays have the best . . . hmm. I’ll get back to you on that.

Anyway, here are our previews for the American League East:

Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.