Monday, June 10, 2013
Mets News: Mets demote Ike Davis, Mike Baxter, and Robert Carson
Fed up after getting swept by the Miami Marlins for a second straight weekend, the New York Mets demoted three players to Triple-A Las Vegas after Sunday's defeat: first baseman Ike Davis, outfielder Mike Baxter and left-handed reliever Robert Carson.
Davis, making $3.125 million and a staple at first base for the Mets since April 2010, was the highest-profile player demoted. Manager Terry Collins pinch hit for Davis, who is hitting .161 (30-for-186) with 66 strikeouts this season, on Sunday for the second straight game.
"At some point you just have to say to yourself this is not in his best interest," general manager Sandy Alderson said about Davis. "I was one of his biggest supporters. I just felt at some point we've got to get him out of here. Hopefully he'll be back in a short period of time. But he needs to go there. He needs to be able to play every day. He needs to be able to work on his swing without worrying necessarily about the outcome. We think it's in his best interest."
Alderson offered no indication that Collins and his staff are in any danger.
"This is not a staff issue," Alderson said. "This is a player issue."
Team captain David Wright, who successfully lobbied for Davis not to be demoted amid struggles last season, acknowledged after Sunday's loss that change was inevitable with the Mets (23-35) in free fall. Since sweeping the New York Yankees in four games, the Mets are 1-6.
"When you're struggling the way we're struggling, changes come -- whether you like it or not," Wright said. "That's the name of the game. I think what every player, what every front office, what every coach strives for is consistency. But you can't have consistency when you are a dozen or so games under .500."
The Mets plan to promote first baseman Josh Satin, outfielder Collin Cowgill and left-handed reliever Josh Edgin, according to a league source.