After a humiliating home sweep at the hands of the Marlins, the Mets have optioned first baseman Ike Davis, outfielder Mike Baxter and lefty Robert Carson to Triple-A Las Vegas. The team announced the moves not long after Sunday's game went final.
Most notable, of course, is the decision regarding Davis. On the season, the 26-year-old is batting .161/.242/.258 compared to average major-league first baseman, who owns a slash line of .265/.338/.443. At times, Davis has also played distractedly in the field.
In that sense, the demotion seems long overdue. Without the pressures of New York and in a hitter's haven in Las Vegas, the conditions will be in place for Davis to right himself. Coming into 2013, Davis was a career .252/.336/.461 with 58 homers in 1,171 at-bats, so he has the skills to do well at the highest level.
In corresponding moves, the Mets selected 1B Josh Satin and recalled OF Collin Cowgill and LHP Josh Edgin, all from Triple-A Las Vegas.