With a logjam at first base, the Mets will have to make a critical decision at that position. One possibility could be trading Ike Davis, who did not have a particularly good season in 2013.
Davis batted just .205 this season, with nine home runs and 33 RBI in 317 at-bats. Davis raised his 2012 .308 OBP to .326 thanks to a higher walk rate, but his slugging percentage fell from .462 to .334. Davis got off to a very slow start and eventually got demoted in June for nearly a month. He hit slightly better after coming back, but in late August, he suffered a season-ending oblique injury.
For much of the season, Davis was platooning at first base with the right-handed hitting Josh Satin. This was understandable, being that Davis hit only .145 against southpaws, with one home run and five RBI.
Davis will be eligible for arbitration again in 2014. After earning $3.125 million in 2013, he will almost certainly be due for a raise. The Mets may look to save some money by trading him, which is one factor to consider.
Andy Martino of the New York Daily News has reported that the Mets will likely trade one of Davis or Lucas Duda. Along with the money factor, other areas of consideration should be include overall offensive performance, plate discipline and defense, among other things.
One thing Davis could have an advantage in is defense. He posted a .989 fielding percentage in 2013 while displaying good range, though he did make nine errors. Generally speaking, defense has never been a big concern for Davis, and the Mets would most likely have better defense in their infield if they choose to keep Davis over Duda, who has much less experience in the major leagues as a first baseman.
Davis has shown potential, with the 32 home runs and 90 RBI he produced in 2012, but with consecutive slow starts to his last two seasons, the Mets could be ready to go in a different direction at first base.