Pirates want Ike Davis, Mets price is high

John Perrotto of the Beaver County Times says the Pirates would like to trade for Ike Davis, but the Mets are seeking prospects Starling Marte and Brad Lincoln.

Marte, 23, is an outfielder who hit .332 with 24 stolen bases, 12 home runs and 50 RBI in 129 games for Double-A Altoona in 2011. He’s considered a five-tool talent with outstanding speed and is among the Pirates top position-player prospects.

Lincoln, 26, went 7-8 with a 4.19 ERA in 111 innings over 19 starts for Triple-A Indianapolis in 2011. In five minor league seasons, Lincoln is 28-32 with a 4.07 ERA in 469 1/3 innings.

Earlier today, Joel Sherman of the New York Post said the Mets were talking seriously with other clubs about Davis, although SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt later said Davis “isn’t going anywhere” after talking with a reliable source. Sherman says the Mets are seeking “high-ceiling players” under control for the long-term in return anyone, except David Wright.