Are We Undervaluing Ike Davis Or Is Joel Sherman Insane?
The Brewers have made it known they want a lefty power bat at first and so I am suggesting a Davis for Aoki deal (the emergence of Khris Davis and the return from suspension of Ryan Braun make Aoki very available). It saves the Mets about $1.5 million in 2014 and provides a .350 on-base percentage leadoff man.
Ok lets ignore the part later in the article about trading Montero for Either. That would sway this discussion a little too much. Instead choosing to focus on Davis for Aoki. I mentioned Aoki as a great fit for the Mets weeks ago. He's kind of like a poor man's Choo.
Aoki's career slash line is:
.287 .355 .399 .755
While the slugging lacks, he does have the ability to get on base and with the Mets aggressive base running style you could see 30+ SB. He also, unlike Choo, has relatively neutral splits right to left and home and away. Aoki has also proven to be an above average defensive RF as well. He's scheduled to make a little under 2M this year and isn't a FA until after 2017.
In this market, I can't see how it's an even trade of Davis for Aoki. For the last 3 years Ike Davis has a total WAR of 2.2, -.1 this year and 1.1 the year before. Aoki's last two years have accounted for a 2.5 and a 1.7. One would think the Mets would have to add to the package.
The Brewers threw about 28 people at the wall for their 5th starter last year so I would imagine any trade for Aoki would have to include a SP and possibly a 2B as well pending how much leash their going to give Weeks.