NEW YORK -- Will Ike Davis' performance cause him to price himself out of returning to the Mets in 2014?
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That was the case with Mike Pelfrey last offseason. And it's at least worth wondering about with Davis, although there is plenty of season remaining.
Davis -- in the majors or minors -- is earning $3.125 million this season. He again is eligible for arbitration next winter.
Arbitration-eligible players almost always get a raise, although the only rule is that the pay must be at least 80 percent of the previous season. (So $2.5 million is the absolute floor.)
One rival team entered the season estimating Davis would go to $6.1 million in 2013 if he had a normal performance. Clearly, that wouldn't materialize barring an extraordinary second half. But even at $3.5 million or $4 million next year -- a modest salary -- the Mets might have to consider ending Davis' Mets tenure.
The Mets cut loose Pelfrey last winter rather than face a raise after he made $5.7 million the previous year.
In Davis' case, it would seem logical if they were averse to a salary increase that they would explore a trade before considering a December non-tender. Non-tendering Davis would make him a free agent and free to sign anywhere with no salary floor other than the MLB minimum.
Of course, on the trade front, an NL executive who predicts Davis gets non-tendered told ESPNNewYork.com: "They have completely devalued Ike Davis."