September 18, 2012
MLB notes: Mets could trade Ike Davis
By QMI Agency
Ike Davis is putting up big power numbers for the New York Mets, but the 25-year-old first baseman could be trade bait during the off-season.
Davis has 27 homers and 81 RBIs, however his batting average has slipped to .223 and the Mets are unhappy with the slugger's unwillingness to take coaching advice, ESPNNewYork.com is reporting.
Should Davis be traded, Lucas Duda would become the first-string first baseman. Duda, 26, is hitting. 246 with 14 homers and 54 RBI playing mostly in the outfield.
The Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays are among the teams that could be in the market for a first baseman.
BOWA OUT, BOGAR MAYBE
Boston Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar will get an interview Wednesday for the job of managing the Houston Astros.
Bogar will be at least the fifth candidate to get an interview, MLB.com reported Tuesday.
The others include Larry Bowa, a former manager of the San Diego Padres and Phillies, Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco, Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and Washington Nationals third-base coach Bo Porter.
Bowa, 66, won't make the short list. He and general manager Jeff Luhnow agreed that it's a younger man's job, Bowa told Foxsports.com.
Bogar, 45, has been with the Red Sox since 2009 season and previously managed in the Astros minor-league system.
INDIANS COULD BE SPENDERS
The Cleveland Indians could open their wallets in chasing free agents during the off-season, president Mark Shapiro indicated Tuesday on Twitter.
The Indians likely will free up some cash by declining a $13-million option on 35-year-old Travis Hafner, CBSSports.com reported. Instead they would buy out the designated hitter for $2.75 million.
Other potential Cleveland free agents are outfielder Grady Sizemore, making $5 million in 2012, and first baseman Casey Kotchman, making $3 million this season.
The Indians' most pressing needs would be for starting pitching, outfielders and corner infielders.
WORLD CLASSIC GETS CRACKIN'
Qualifying begins this week for the World Baseball Classic.
Teams from France, Israel, South Africa and Spain will meet in Jupiter, Fla., while Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany and Great Britain will play in Regensburg, Germany.
Two more qualifiers will be held next month in Panama City, Panama (Brazil, Colombia, Nicaragua and Panama) and Taipei, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei, New Zealand, Philippines and Thailand). The winner of each qualifying pool will advance to the primary World Baseball Classic, next March in Phoenix, Miami and San Francisco.
Australia, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, the United States and Venezuela have automatic berths into the main tournament based on results from the 2009 tournament. Japan has won the first two WBCs.
MLB is looking into the possibility of pitchers wearing protective headgear, Foxsports.com reported Tuesday. Baseball will look into products that can be worn under a cap, as opposed to a helmet. Oakland A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy required surgery after suffering a skull fracture after being hit on the head by a batted ball Sept. 5 ...The Texas Rangers intend to spend $10 million for an upgrade to the Ballpark, including plans to add an extra row of seats behind home plate by moving the existing wall closer to the field. In a report to council, the team said it intends to pay the entire cost ... The New York Yankees are pencilling in Mark Teixeira to return for a series in Toronto against the Blue Jays starting Sept. 27. The first baseman has been out since Sept. 8 when he reinjured his left calf ... Designated hitter Jim Thome could be back in the Baltimore Orioles lineup within a week as he continues to recover from a herniated disc in his neck. The 42-year-old has been on the disabled list since July 31.