INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Ike Davis is very likely staying put now.
The freak injury to Lucas Duda, the Mets' backup plan at first base, should put the kibosh on any thought about trading the Mets' young power-hitting first baseman now. The Mets seemed to be considering a trade for Davis before Duda's injury.
While one high-ranking Mets official very cautiously said Duda's injury "potentially' could mean Davis comes completely off the trade market, it's hard to imagine the Mets leaving themselves with a first base question next spring by trading Davis now.
Said another Mets person: "It's hard to trade Ike, period.''
Duda, the potential Davis replacement, had wrist surgery after breaking his right wrist he said was broken moving furniture. The team said they expect him to be ready to play at the start of next season.
Moving Davis seems imprudent now. He hit 32 home runs with 90 RBI and a .227 batting average. His OPS jumped in the second half to .888 after an awful first half.