The Brewers are still looking for a new first baseman, but the trade and free agent markets have been thin all winter, according to their GM Doug Melvin (Haudricourt, Jan. 11).
Earlier this week, Melvin he had been talking with the Mets about Ike Davis, but the two sides had yet to see eye-to-eye on a deal (MLB.com, Jan. 7). Sandy Alderson later said the Mets are not actively engaged in trade discussions involving Davis (DiComo, Jan. 9).
Melvin has also been unable to engage the Mariners, as well as the Rangers in a deal involving 1B Mitch Moreland (Haudricourt, Jan. 11), and he’s been unwilling to trade RHP Tyler Thornburg to the Mets for Davis (McCalvy, Dec. 1).
The Mets have been seeking a pitching prospect, like Thornburg, in return for Davis, having been shot down when asking the Pirates for RHP Nick Kingham (Perrotto, Dec. 17) and the Orioles for LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (Encina, Jan. 4).
The Mets now expect Davis will be on the team at the start of Spring Training since efforts to trade him this winter have been unsuccessful (Rubin, Jan. 5). The Mets could decide to cut him during Spring Training, at which time they would only owe him $600,000, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.
Davis said he is not bother by trade rumors and very much wants to return to the Mets in 2014 (Martino, Jan. 9).