Mets have no plans to non-tender Ike Davis

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The Mets may trade Davis to this winter, but they are not expected to let the first baseman leave in free agency.

The New York Mets do not plan to non-tender first baseman Ike Davis this winter, sources have told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.

Davis, who began this season as the Mets starting first baseman, has had a disappointing campaign offensively, batting .205/.326/.334 in 377 plate appearances. The first baseman also spent some time this season with Triple-A Las Vegas, and is currently out for the remainder of the year with a strained oblique muscle.

New York does not want to let Davis walk this off-season without receiving any compensation, according to Rubin. The first baseman, who made $3.125 million this year, will be eligible for arbitration. The Mets don't expect Davis to receive a big raise next year, and could have a case for salary reduction.

The Mets could end up trading Davis during the offseason. Lucas Duda is expected to shift from left field to full-time first base next year, creating a log-jam at the position. New York will also need to find a spot for third base prospect Wilmer Flores when David Wright returns next season.

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