Red Sox were scouting Mets, probably watching Ike Davis

According to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman, the Red Sox had two scouts at the Mets-Marlins game Monday night, “and it’s known the Red Sox seek help in the outfield, the rotation and at first base.”

Heyman speculates that Boston may have interest in Ike Davis, who, according to Mets official, would cost a ‘boatload.’

Yesterday on WFAN, Mike Francesa instead speculated that Boston might have been checking out David Wright, “who they have always coveted.”

However, in an interview with Francesa, MLB Network’s Peter Gammons agreed with Heyman, saying Boston was more likely checking out Davis, just in case the Mets decide to trade him.

Gammons also said the Red Sox might be willing to take back older player’s salaries this winter if the deal can also bring young, impact players.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

It seems every winter there is an obvious trade that the Mets and Red Sox should hook up on and yet it never happens. I’m not sure how I feel about any deal that includes Davis, but I am intrigued about the idea of – say – delivering Jason Bay back on Boston.

The deal, as Gammons is suggesting, would need to be something like Bay and Davis for prospects from Boston, which is something I don’t think the Mets would ever go for at this point… nor should they. But, it would free up money to spend, especially since Ike is in store for a hefty raise in each of the next few seasons, and it would probably also bring back a nice crop of prospects.

Nevertheless, I’d prefer Ike, and even Bay at that point, especially since the Mets are in NO position to trade away power.