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.
The Boston Red Sox plan to activate Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list today. That’s a big deal. The move they’re making to make room for him on the roster is a big one too: they plan to designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment.
The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier first reported the impending transaction. He was told by a major league source that Ramirez was informed this morning he’ll be moved off the roster. A designation for assignment, of course, means that the Sox have seven days to either trade or release Ramirez.
Ramirez, 34, is experiencing his worst season as a major leaguer thus far, hitting .254/.313/.395 (88 OPS+) in 195 plate appearances as he split time between first base and designated hitter. Given how well Mitch Moreland has hit at first and J.D. Martinez has hit at DH, there is simply no room for Ramirez in the lineup.
Ramirez, a 14-year big league veteran, won the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award and won the NL batting title in 2009. He has been a below average hitter in three of his last four seasons, however, and long removed from his days as a middle infielder, he has little defensive value these days. That said, his fame and the possibility that he could put together a decent run if used wisely will likely get him some looks from other clubs.