Much of General Manager Sandy Alderson's mission this winter has been to find a new home for first baseman Ike Davis. Davis, who is coming off a subpar season, has been shopped by the New York Mets for the last several weeks to little success. Given the dwindling days before spring training, it now appears that the team may be forced to bring Davis to camp, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports.
Davis' market was relatively robust at the Winter Meetings, when the Milwaukee Brewers and Tampa Bay Rays appeared to be serious suitors for his services. That changed once the Rays re-signed first baseman James Loney to a three year deal, and several other teams offered to sell their underachieving first basemen. The Brewers haven't filled their first base hole yet, but they have been linked in reports to free agent Michael Young.
The Mets haven't had success in their trade efforts because they have been seeking pitching prospects in return for Davis. The Mets asked for starter Tyler Thornburg from Milwaukee and were rejected. The Mets also engaged the Baltimore Orioles in talks for Davis, Lucas Duda, and Daniel Murphy but asked for left hander Eduardo Rodriguez, and were also rebuffed. As such, it appears the Mets are now prepared to bring Davis to camp and let him compete for the job with Lucas Duda and Josh Satin.
Davis still wants to be a part of the Mets according to Rubin's report, so it isn't like he is looking to get out of town. The Mets have simply been trying to deal from a surplus area on their roster and aren't willing to sell low on Davis. Davis did hit 32 home runs back in 2012, so his power potential is still there. The Mets, even though they think Lucas Duda could be a long term solution at first base, could let Davis come into 2014 with a chance to play and re-establish his value to either them or another team. This situation clearly won't be resolved anytime soon.
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