MLB.com Mets’ beat writer Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) has confirmed that the New York Mets and Ike Davis will avoid an arbitration meeting after reaching an agreement on a new contract.
The one year deal will be worth $3.5 million and is a slight raise ($375K) over his salary last year of $3.125 million. Davis’ name has been thrown around heavily in trade rumors this off season. Many teams in need of a first baseman, such as the Rays, Rockies, and most recently the Brewers, called General Manager Sandy Alderson about the 26-year old (going into his age-27 season), but the asking price for him was reported to be far too high. The closest any team was reported to be to acquiring Davis was the Brewers. The asking price was and still is young, controllable pitching, but General Manager Doug Melvin has insisted that he will not be giving up his pitching for Ike Davis. For now, it looks as if Davis is staying put in Queens.
Davis has spent all four years of his career with the Mets, but in 2013 struggled mightily and earned a demotion to Triple-A. While on the 25-man active roster, Davis compiled a .205/.326/.334 slash line over 103 games and 377 plate appearances.