Ike Davis’ dad — former big leaguer Ron Davis — told the New York Daily News that the Mets screwed up the offseason plan to trade Davis. How? By making it so publicly apparent that they wanted to part ways with him:
“I think that’s why the Mets have really screwed up in that situation, because they’ve publicly done it so much,” he said. “It’s saying to my son, ‘Hey, we don’t want you anymore.’ So I think they backed themselves into a corner saying, “We want to trade you, but we want X amount.’ ”
He has no issue with the Mets shopping Ike and notes that it’s part of the game. It makes it awkward, though, when you (a) hurt your leverage by making it clear to everyone that you want to trade a guy; and (b) don’t trade the guy and everyone has to show up back in spring training as if none of it happened.
Hard to disagree with that. Teams that are successful rarely air their issues with a player, be they disappointment with their on-the-field development or off-the-field issues, in public. Teams that aren’t often do. The Mets often do.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.