A New York New York Trade That Would Help Both Sides


Apr 5, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman

Ike Davis

(29) follows through on a walk off grand slam in front of Cincinnati Reds catcher

Tucker Barnhart

(16) during the ninth inning at Citi Field. The New York Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees lack of depth at first base (and lack of 40 man roster flexibility with five catchers) is rearing it’s ugly head right now with one thing that couldn’t happen this season; Mark Teixeira being on the DL. He is right now on the DL with a hamstring injury, and while we don’t know the extent quite yet, those hamstring injuries can linger throughout the year.

Kelly Johnson and Francisco Cervelli are now the options at first. Quite frankly that isn’t going to get it done. Kendrys Morales is out there, however, I don’t think the Yankees want to go down that road again. So here’s someone they could target, however, it probably won’t happen: Ike Davis.

First of all, if the Mets are going to trade Davis, I think the last place they would want to send him is to the Bronx. If he succeeds in the Bronx, and with Kevin Long tutoring him I think he could, the fan base would have a fit. On the plus side, it would finally get rid of the unnecessary three headed first baseman combo the Mets have with Davis, Lucas Duda and Josh Satin. You know what they say, if you have three first baseman, you don’t have a first baseman.

Now who would go to the Mets? Glad you asked. Eduardo Nunez. Why?

Well, first of all Davis’ value has been absolutely crushed by the Mets lack of support for him. Nunez would be an upgrade over Ruben Tejada.  Nunez isn’t exactly a great fielder but neither is Tejada. Plus, when you have a player who does this going into home plate (see below) there are some issues with the baseball instincts

Apr 2, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada (11) is tagged out at home while trying to score by Washington Nationals catcher

Jose Lobaton

(59) during the fifth inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

For the Yankees, Davis has options, so the Yankees could even send him down when Teixeira comes back.

Davis for Nunez won’t happen, but it would make sense for both sides.