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Ike Davis: Mets would love Michael Bourn

Ike Davis pumps his fist after leading off

Ike Davis pumps his fist after leading off the ninth inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies with a double. (July 5, 2012) Credit: David Pokress

Ike Davis and Sandy Alderson attended Tuesday night's Thurman Munson dinner.

Chances are strong the Mets general manager didn't solicit his first baseman's opinion on whether the Mets should sign free-agent centerfielder Michael Bourn. But if he had . . .

"As a guy who likes to drive in runners, I would love Michael Bourn to be on the bases when I'm hitting," Davis said. "Just because how he changes the game. We're going to see more fastballs if he was on the team. He's definitely going to help out the second-hole hitter, David [Wright], me, in every aspect of the game. Yeah, it'd be great. He's also an amazingly good defender out in centerfield. But that's a whole different scenario. You always can wish, but you never know what's going to happen."

Davis recognizes he might be pipe-dreaming when it comes to Bourn, the Scott Boras-represented 30-year-old All-Star whom the Mets are interested in but seem unlikely to sign at this point.

Alderson said on Monday that the Mets were "not that far off" -- even though they currently have no proven starting major-league outfielders.

Davis said he wasn't planning to make a recruiting call to Bourn as Wright did.

"I'll leave that to David," Davis said. "I think he would say, 'Ike who? Why are you calling? I don't want to buy anything.' "

Davis' self-deprecating sense of humor was on full display Tuesday night when he accepted a Munson award (Davis' father, Ron, played for the Yankees with Munson) for his charitable work. Davis stepped to the podium and said, "Sorry for the first half."

Despite a miserable first half and talk he might get sent to the minors, Davis finished 2012 with 32 home runs and 90 RBIs to go along with a .227 average. He hit .255 with 25 homers after the All-Star break.

Davis said he is fully recovered from the Valley fever that sapped his strength last spring and may have contributed to his slow start, especially because he was coming off a serious ankle injury that caused him to miss much of 2011.

"It's been a totally different thing," Davis said. "I'm definitely stronger than I was last year, which is definitely nice. Just BP, hitting off my dad, I'm a lot better right now than I was even probably in the first month of the season. I'm excited. We'll see what happens."

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