Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
In early July, Sandy Alderson told WFAN that he doesn’t see Ruben Tejada or Lucas Duda as part of the team’s ‘core.’ However, Ike Davis is, despite being demoted to Triple-A and struggle since his return.
It is time to start making final judgements on players like Davis and Tejada, he explained. “You can’t analyze over and over,” he added. “We’re evaluating, but sometimes you just have to make changes.”
There were reports that the Angels would consider trading some of their infielders. However, it was later reported they were VERY unlikely to move 1B-OF Mark Trumbo, despite the Pirates trying to get him (Heyman, CBS Sports); and they were unlikely to trade Erick Aybar (Gonzalez, MLB.com) and Howie Kendrick (Rosenthal, FoxSports), though both players had previously been available.
Earlier this summer, as well as last winter, the Mets showed interest in Trumbo (Cerrone, MetsBlog).
Kendrick and White Sox infielders Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez were said to be available around the All Star break. However, “I never heard their names connected to the Mets.”