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His bat (.390 average, 1.089 OPS in 14 games before getting hurt) is sorely missed in a Mets’ lineup that is scoring the second-least amount of runs per game in baseball. Since May 2 (the day after Davis got hurt), Mets’ third basemen rank 22nd in average (.239) and 21st in OPS (.696).
But what the Mets as a whole lack in offense, Davis lacks in defense. He was practically unplayable at the position last year with a -8 DRS, the second-worst by any third basemen, despite playing just 269.1 innings there -- or just over 29 nine-inning games.
Jonathan Villar is better defensively, but is still pretty average there, and isn’t close to what Davis can be at the dish.
That's why acting GM Zack Scott should, and has been, exploring the third base market as the trade deadline looms.
“I think we can get production out of third base with some of the guys that we have, but always have to be open-minded to other opportunities to improve,” Scott told reporters on Monday afternoon.
“Once we get J.D. back, we’re back to pretty much our Opening Day team, so I think there’s a lot of good players there,” Scott added. “Some of them aren’t having the season they want to have. J.D. was having a very good season offensively when he got hurt. I think there’s talent there. There’s ability there. We need to get these guys -- some of them that aren’t having the seasons they want -- better. But it’s good timing to get these guys back, see what we have, give us a better sense of where they’re at as we assess things for later this month.”
SNY’s Andy Martino has reported that the Mets have had conversations with the Minnesota Twins about Josh Donaldson, and they have been linked to Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant since before the season started.
“I think we’re open to any type of addition to the roster that we think makes the team better,” Scott said. “We’re gonna explore any opportunity to make the team better.”