The Mets expect Ike Davis to be on the team at the start of Spring Training, since efforts to trade him this winter have been unsuccessful (Rubin, Jan. 5).
Sandy Alderson has been shopping Davis throughout the offseason, with the Orioles and Brewers showing the most recent interest (Puma, Dec. 27).
However, while attempting to get a pitching prospect for Davis, the Mets have been shot down when asking the Pirates for RHP Nick Kingham (Perrotto, Dec. 17), the Brewers for RHP Tyler Thornburg (McCalvy, Dec. 1) the O’s for LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (Encina, Jan. 4).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The Orioles and Brewers expect the Mets to cut Davis during Spring Training, knowing it will only cost them $600,000 to let him go (as opposed to paying his estimated $4 million salary), as ESPN’s Buster Olney mentioned a few weeks ago. At the same time, Kendrys Moralres and Michael Young are still available on the free agent market, and there are other first baseman rumored to be available in trade. So, why overpay for Ike when a) there are other options, and b) Davis could be a free agent in a few weeks? I assume the Mets keep letting his price be known, all while hoping one of the teams decide to answer the call. Otherwise, it reads like the Mets are fine going to camp with Ike and seeing what happens with him (be it in St. Lucie or around MLB).
Michael Baron, Contributor
Jan. 5: I’ve always maintained Ike is the better choice among the options at first base for 2014. Still, if Ike isn’t traded, he will be faced with questions about these ongoing rumors when he arrives to camp. Alderson said during the team’s kid’s holiday party last month that he wasn’t concerned about such a circumstance, but it could make for a very awkward and uncomfortable situation for both the player and the team. It’s certainly not an ideal situation for either side…