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Whether it is Ike Davis or Lucas Duda, the Mets will have a left-handed hitting slugger at first base in 2014. It would make more sense to bat either of them sixth just to give the Mets a left-handed hitter in between a few right-handed hitters.
Davis batted just .205 this past 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 was 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. Davis hit 32 home runs and drove in 90 RBI in 2012, which were both career highs for him.
Duda meanwhile batted .223 with 15 home runs and 33 RBI in 318 at-bats. He was the starting left fielder until he got injured in June and was replaced by Eric Young Jr. in left field for the rest of the season. When Duda eventually returned in late August, it was as a first baseman. Originally, he was on the bench, but, after Davis got hurt, Duda took over at first base for the rest of the season.
While Davis may be the more accomplished player of the two, his 2014 salary probably will be higher than that of Duda. Trading Davis would then give the Mets more payroll flexibility for future trades and signings. Nothing is for certain yet, but if Davis and Duda are both with the Mets by the time spring training begins, it would be a big surprise.
Josh Satin could possibly platoon at first base against left-handed pitching. He hit .279 with three home runs and 17 RBI in 190 at-bats in 2013.