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New York Mets to Hold First Base Competition in Camp

February 4th, 2014 at 10:52 AM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets improved significantly in the offseason. While the Mets added a bunch of free agents to try and improve their roster, one area that remains a huge question mark heading into spring training is first base. The Mets spent the majority of the offseason trying to deal first baseman Ike Davis to another team, but they found no takers and ended up settling with him on a one year deal. Davis is now expected to compete with Lucas Duda among others for the first base job, Kevin Kernan of the New York Post reports

'Lucas Duda' photo (c) 2010, slgckgc - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Mets are planning on allowing Davis and Duda to compete for the starting first base job in camp according to manager Terry Collins. Collins has said that the first base job is wide open, and that while Davis and Duda are the front runners for the job they are not the only options. Collins indicated that Daniel Murphy, who is currently the team's second baseman, could move over to first base if the two incumbents struggle out of the gate. Eric Young Jr would then slide over to second base for Murphy, a position he has played in the past. 

While the Mets would obviously prefer Duda or Davis wins the job outright, it is important that they find a solution there to get production. The Mets have been going on for far too long getting less than optimal production from too many positions. Considering that the Mets will already be struggling for offense at shortstop, center field, and possibly behind the plate the Mets need more production from first base if they hope to contend. The Mets may be best served to ride the hot hand at the position, whether it is one of the incumbents or even something as radical as moving Murphy to first. Either way, the first base battle is one to watch throughout spring training. 

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Just because the Super Bowl left NY/NJ it doesn't mean the NFL action is over. Come see the Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Liberty Science Center see jerseys worn by legends, make the tough call under the hood, try on equipment and get immersed into football like never before.

Tags: Baseball, Daniel Murphy, Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Terry Collins

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