The Brewers intend to move quickly to get a first baseman (Haudricourt, Dec. 12), and they have interest in Mets 1B Ike Davis.
5:24 pm: Free agent 1B James Loney has agreed to sign with the Tampa Bay Rays (Olney), for three years and $21 million (Rosenthal).
The market for Davis is perceived as thin and the Mets could be forced to “sell low” on Davis, according to industry sources (Puma, Dec. 13), leaving open the possibility of Davis returning to the Mets in 2014.
The Mets might also consider trading Lucas Duda instead of Davis if they can get a better return (Puma, Dec. 13).
On Thursday, in the lobby while leaving the Winter Meetings, Mets GM Sandy Alderson and Brewers GM Doug Melvin were seen talking (Rubin, Dec. 12), leading to speculation that they were discussing Davis (Cotillo, Dec. 12).
On Thursday, it was reported the Rays and Brewers were looking to ink Loney, and team that doesn’t sign him will probably end up acquiring Davis (Rubin, Dec. 11).
Also, on Wednesday, the Mariners acquired 1B Corey Hart and 1B Logan Morrison, which led to speculation they could push to move 1B Justin Smoak (Sherman, Dec. 11), which would could further complicate the market for Davis.