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As of June 3rd, first baseman Ike Davis is batting .166 with 53 strikeouts, 28 hits and 21 RBI.
His hitting slump doesn't seem to be letting up anytime soon and Terry Collins needs to consider another option if the Mets want to be in the playoffs.
Seeing as how the Mets are not interested in breaking the bank to bring in a high-profile player, according to Buster Olney of ESPN (h/t metsblog.com), Conor Jackson may be a good fit for the team.
Conor Jackson has fallen on hard times recently which may make him a good (read cheap here) pickup. He is a part of the White Sox organization now and has been on their Triple-A team in Charlotte.
His offensive production has dropped since his time in Arizona, but his fielding is equal to Ike Davis's.
Due to his versatility, Jackson can also be used as a pinch hitter and in the outfield. This is great since the Mets' outfield has been banged up this season.
The Mets can send Ike to Buffalo to work out of his slump while Jackson will fill in at first. The worst outcome is that Davis does not shake this funk; Conor Jackson will hit above the Mendoza line and have a stronger presence in the lineup.
The best scenario would be that Jackson will grow comfortable in Citi Field and batting in sixth position will lead to a resurgence in his career as Ike regains some composure at the plate.
He does not have a large contract although he was paid $3,200,000 by Oakland in 2011. As of May 3rd, Jackson has been injured, but this could play into the Mets' hands.
The Mets could just trade a minor league player straight-up or even just buy out Jackson's contract.
They would receive a player who can play both first base and left field as well as contribute more to the offense while maintaining the team's level of defense.
Conor Jackson might be one answer to the Met's ongoing problem at first base.