New York Mets Offseason Outlook: First Base

Nick Carlo@@carlo2612Analyst IIOctober 31, 2011

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals stands on the field during Game Seven of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The offseason has just begun, and the New York Mets have a lot of holes to fill.

First base seems to be nailed down for the Mets, though. Ike Davis is a budding star for the New York Mets who had his 2011 season cut short by a pesky injury.

Davis played in a mere 36 games. He was injured early in the season when he collided with David Wright when they were both going for a pop up. Davis got injured, and he thought that he would be back on the playing field in a couple days, but it turned out that he would be out for the season.

Davis produced greatly in his very short amount of playing time in 2011. He flourished at the plate and in the field. He managed to mash seven home runs and hit at a .302 clip. 

It seemed as if this was going to be a monster year for Davis. It really is a shame that his injury sidelined him for the year because it looked as if he was primed for a big year. 

Davis will be 100 percent come spring training, and he will look to build upon his great beginning of his major league career.

Many players patrolled first base in Davis' absence. Lucas Duda and Nick Evans gathered most of the playing time at first base last year. Duda put up a very solid year, and he moved to right field late in the season. It looks as if Duda will be the Mets opening day right fielder in 2012. Something good might have actually come out of Ike Davis' injury.

Despite the Mets having one of the best young first basemen in the game, people are still saying that the Mets should go out and try to sign a big-name first baseman this offseason. Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder are two of the premier talents in this year's free agents class, and some people believe that the Mets should make a run at one of the two.

I strongly disagree with them. I am not detesting these two talented players' skills. I just feel as if they don't fit into the Mets plans. The Mets have a whole lot of other holes to fill, and first base isn't even a problem for the team. The team has a great young player at first base, and I don't see any situation where they would mess with that.

The argument of signing Pujols or Fielder says that if the Mets fail to re-sign Jose Reyes, then the team should make a run for one of the two All-Star first baseman.

I don't think that the team should do that in the case of Reyes leaving Queens. If Reyes leaves the Mets, then the Mets should just fill all of their necessary holes and look forward to the 2012 season. This team is in no position to be throwing out money, even if it is to fantastic players. 

Reyes is the only player that I believe the Mets should give at most $17 million dollars a year to. Reyes has an immense amount of talent, but he is also the heartbeat of the Mets clubhouse. His personality is invaluable to the Mets.

Ike Davis is due for an amazing season next year, and he should hold down the first base spot for a while to come. The Mets have many other issues to attend to. First base is a blip on the Mets' radar this offseason, and the team would be wise to stay away from Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder. As the old saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.