On-Base Perception

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Scouting the return for Ike Davis

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Ike Davis looks on

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If he's even the least bit successful in his professional career, you probably won't read the name "Blake Taylor" again for at least four years.

The "upside" return from the Ike Davis trade has finally trickled into the Mets system in the form of an 18-year-old lefthander with 21 minor league innings to his name. Taylor pitched for the Gulf Coast League affilliate of the Pirates in 2013 and...

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Get to know Mets reliever Zack Thornton

Scottsdale Scorpions pitcher Zack Thornton throws during an

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Zack Thornton is one of the pieces coming back to the Mets in Friday's Ike Davis deal (along with a player to be named later). But who exactly is Thornton, and what does he bring to the Mets bullpen?

Thornton, 25, was drafted in the 43rd round by the San Francisco Giants out of high school in 2008, but instead went to the University of Oregon. He was taken by the Oakland A's in the 23rd round...

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Is this why Lucas Duda won the first base job?

Mets' Ike Davis, left, and Lucas Duda kneel

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When news began trickling out that the Mets were going to give one of their first basemen an extended look at the position, most assumed the winner would be Ike Davis.

Until it was Lucas Duda.

A team insider confirmed to Newsday’s Marc Carig that it would indeed be Duda receiving the long look, saying “we want to see what he can do for an extended period of time.”

There wasn’t...

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Mets make lineup changes on Opening Day

New York Mets Eric Young photographed during photo

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Terry Collins worked much like a plate-spinner in spring training, frantically trying to piece together a lineup despite injuries and other unexpected things. So, it seemed only appropriate that on Opening Day, Collins was once again forced to juggle.

Outfielder Chris Young suffered a strained right quad late in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Blue Jays in Montreal. Second baseman Daniel...

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Ike Davis says he didn't mention oblique injury during most of 2013

Ike Davis strikes out in the eighth inning

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First baseman and trade candidate Ike Davis did not tell the Mets about an oblique injury he had during his poor 2013 season because "the timing was bad," he told the New York Post on Sunday.

But he walked back the severity of the injury during an agitated interview session with reporters on Monday morning.

Several reports indicated a loud discussion between Davis and the Post reporter ...

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ICYMI: Mets' plans for Ike Davis in spring training

Recently on SNY, Mets manager Terry Collins revealed his plan to give the notoriously slow-starting Ike Davis more at-bats this spring – perhaps almost twice as many as he had in 2013 spring training.

“One of the things we’re going to do obviously in spring training is we’re going to give him some more at-bats,” Collins said. “I think it’s very, very important to try to get him in mid-season...

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Mets' chances of trading Ike Davis improve with Corey Hart, Logan Morrison reportedly on the move

Mets' Ike Davis celebrates his two-run home run

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Within the space of 30 minutes Wednesday afternoon, the Mets improved their chances of trading first baseman Ike Davis.

According to multiple reports, the Mariners lured free- agent first baseman Corey Hart from the Brewers with a one-year deal. Minutes later, the Mariners traded righthander Carter Capps for Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison.

Nevertheless,...

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Ike Davis vs. Lucas Duda: Mets facing decision

Ike Davis, right, and Lucas Duda celebrate after

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If one thing has become increasingly clear early in this offseason, it's that the Mets will  trade either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda. This accomplishes two goals for the Mets, who must resolve a logjam at first base while capitalizing on a market in which power is scarce.

Yes, both Davis and Duda have their flaws. But both have also flashed enough power for rival teams to take a chance that...

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Jeff Wilpon talks first base, Matt Harvey and more

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, left, and Mets

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GARFIELD, N.J. -- Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon joined other team employees on Tuesday morning to help refurbish parts of the Boys & Girls Club here, one year after Hurricane Sandy caused severe water damage to the facility.

"To have all the kids come in later to see all this stuff freshened up will be really neat," said Wilpon, who helped workers add a new coat of...

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