Free-agent infielder Michael Young has offers from four teams, but he’s also considering retirement (Rosenthal, Jan. 15).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
This is relevant to the Mets because – if the Brewers are unable to acquire Young, who they are reportedly interested in signing – it would be one less option for them at first base, meaning they may become more intrigued by Ike Davis.
Sandy Alderson said last week that the Mets are not actively engaged in trade discussions involving Davis (DiComo, Jan. 9).
This may be true, with the key word being ‘active.’ The way I understand Ike’s market, from people familiar with the situation, it’s likely to remain cool until Spring Training. I think teams want to know how much money he’ll be earning in 2014, there are still free-agent options on the market (such as Young, Mark Reynolds and Kendrys Morales, among others) and there’s no telling what injuries occur and what young players emerge in camps to change the market. Also, I think teams know the Mets could realistically end up cutting Davis before the start of the season. So, when combining all of these factors, it’s understandable that teams would be reluctant to trade a young, big-league ready pitcher to get him.