Mets bench Ike Davis and still want to trade him

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Mets manager Terry Collins has decided to give Lucas Duda an extended look as the regular first baseman, leaving Ike Davis on the bench, and Andy Martino of the New York Daily News writes that they “still see trading Davis as the likely endgame.”

Of course, the Mets have been trying to trade Davis for months. There were stories about it in every New York media outlet basically every week for the entire offseason.

Davis is making $3.5 million this season and the Mets have him under team control for 2015 and 2016 as well, so they aren’t looking to just give him away. Or at least they haven’t tried to do that so far or he’d probably be on the Pirates or something.

It’s also worth noting that Duda has hit just .230 with a .735 OPS in 224 games since the beginning of 2012. For all the focus on how much Davis has struggled, he has a .730 OPS during that same time and it’d be hard to argue that he doesn’t have more upside than Duda (for whatever that’s worth).

Report: Shohei Ohtani has sprained UCL in pitching elbow

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The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.

Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”

Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.

Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.