The Astros, Brewers, and Pirates are all looking to acquire a first baseman (Rosenthal, Dec. 15), with the Mets reportedly shopping 1B Ike Davis.
The Rangers are also shopping 1B Mitch Moreland, the Blue Jays are shopping 1B Adam Lind, and the Mariners could look to move 1B Justin Smoak, leaving the market saturated with underachieving first basemen (Rosenthal, Dec. 15).
In addition, James Loney signed with the Rays, meaning the Mets may be forced to sell low on Davis, according to industry sources (Puma, Dec. 13). Alternatively, the Mets could consider trading Lucas Duda instead of Davis if they can get a better return (Puma, Dec. 13).
In either case, Sandy Alderson said on Wednesday during SNY’s Mets Hot Stove he will not “give away” either of his first basemen in a trade this winter.