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.
First baseman/outfielder José Martínez agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Cardinals on Saturday, per a team announcement. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that Martínez will receive $3.25 million in the deal plus incentives if he earns a more stable place within the starting lineup.
Martínez, 30, played 887 games in the minors before making his major-league debut with the Cardinals at the tail end of the 2016 season. The veteran first baseman has been nothing but productive in the three years since his debut, however, and turned in a career-best performance in 2018 after slashing .305/.364/.457 with 17 home runs, an .821 OPS, and 2.3 fWAR through 590 plate appearances. While he brings some positional flexibility to the table, he’ll be forced to compete against Dexter Fowler and Tyler O'Neill for a full-time gig in right field this year, as Paul Goldschmidt currently has a lock on first base.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the extension wasn’t solely precipitated by Martínez’s productivity in the majors, but by a competing offer from an unnamed Japanese team over the offseason. Goold adds that Martínez would have earned “significantly more than he would in the majors” had the club sold his rights. In the end, they ultimately elected to ink him to a more lucrative deal themselves. He’ll be eligible for arbitration in 2020.