When Ike was going on a tear to begin the 2011 season after a pretty successful rookie campaign, I think we were all dreaming of him manning first base for the Mets for many years. The injury prematurely ended his 2011 season, but that didn't really dampen our hopes for him. But of course, we all know what happened this year - he began the season with a truly brutal two month stretch that had most calling for him to be sent to the minors and nearly everyone reevaluating whether or not we had a long term answer at first base. But since then, he's performed like the player we expected him to be, hitting a ton of bombs and providing a genuine threat behind David Wright. So should the Mets try to lock him up now? While he's obviously been great since June, the first two months still happened, and that should bring his value down some. If they don't extend him now, and he has a great, more consistent year next season, they'll need to pay him more to keep him around. But if they do it now and he plays like the Ike since June, they'll have themselves a great bargain. They signed Niese to a cheap extension last year, and if they hadn't they would've had to pay him more if they wanted to try to sign him this offseason. They could find themselves in a similar situation with Ike. I guess the ultimate question is this: are we confident that June-present Ike is the one we'll be seeing from here on out? If we are, I think it makes sense to lock him up now and hopefully save some dough later on. What say you?
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