NL East Notes: Davis, Alderson, Braves, Desmond, Gonzalez

Mike Puma of the New York Post wrote last night that Ike Davis concealed an oblique injury for much of the season prior to Aug. 31, when it worsened and sidelined him for the remainder of the year. Davis took exception to the story and addressed Puma and other reporters today, writes's Adam Rubin. He quotes the first baseman: "You made it look like an excuse. It’s an excuse. It shouldn’t have been a story anyway. … I sucked last year because I sucked. It’s not because I had an injury. You always have injuries. And now it just looks bad."

More from the NL East…

  • Mets COO Jeff Wilpon has indicated that the team is likely to pick up GM Sandy Alderson's option for the 2015 season, writes Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. Alderson's contract expires after the season, and while some have mentioned his name as a possible replacement for retiring commissioner Bud Selig, David Wright thinks Alderson wants to stay with the Mets and complete the rebuild he's begun since taking over as GM. Said Wright: "Everybody is kind of concerned with how they are remembered. … he wants to be remembered for taking an organization that was struggling and slowly building it up with the system with some good trades and free-agent signings."
  • David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution examines the psychology behind long-term deals for young players, noting that some believe extensions can relieve pressure, while others feel the extensions provide extra pressure, as players feel they must live up to that contract. O'Brien spoke with each of the five players the Braves have signed to multi-year deals in the past three weeks and got their takes on their new contracts.
  • Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond spoke with Mark Zuckerman of and reflected on the decade he's spent with the organization. Desmond is appreciative of GM Mike Rizzo for declining trade offers when he was struggling and also appreciative of managers Davey Johnson and Jim Riggleman for playing him through those struggles.
  • Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez will make his debut for the Phillies on Thursday this week, giving the club a chance to evaluate the pitcher they signed for $12MM last August, writes's Jim Salisbury. Salisbury writes that Gonzalez has merely looked "so-so" to this point and could end up in the minors to open the season if he doesn't win the fifth starter's job.

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4 Comments on "NL East Notes: Davis, Alderson, Braves, Desmond, Gonzalez"

1 year 6 months ago

Over under on how many days until Ike is traded now?

James Attwood
1 year 6 months ago

Next to zero chance before the deadline, however many days that is. I’m still not sold that Lucas Duda will be able to unseat Davis if Davis returns to anything even remotely resembling the form he was in during the last half of 2012.

1 year 6 months ago

At the same time, if Duda starts in AAA (both of them actually still have 1 option left), there’s a good chance he’d rake enough to be part of a fairly significant trade. Keeping in mind the looming 40-man roster crunch the Mets have at the end of this year, a blockbuster trade is in the cards.

1 year 6 months ago

Great question. I think Sandy’s going to be justified in holding onto him, though. Ike’s a better player than we saw in the previous two first halves even if he’s not the same player we saw in the previous two second halves. He’s worth more than a middling relief pitcher, though, which is why Alderson hasn’t moved him already.