If you have been following the New York Mets you know they have a log jam at first base. Their internal first base options for the 2014 season currently include Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy, Josh Satin, and perhaps even Wilmer Flores. Rumors suggest the Mets are actively shopping Davis, with Duda as the most likely option to man the position if Davis were to be dealt.
The Mets were reportedly looking to move Davis during the Winter Meetings but could not find a suitor. The Seattle Mariners recently signed Corey Hart and acquired Logan Morrison, and the Tampa Bay Rays signed James Loney to a three-year deal yesterday. These recent signings and trades have impacted the market for Ike Davis.
The Rays, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Pittsburgh Pirates are all teams that have been involved in rumors for Ike Davis. With the Rays now off the board, the Brewers and Pirates appear to be the final two potential landing spots for Davis. The Brewers are reportedly looking to move quickly to acquire a first basemen and have been the team most closely linked to the Mets for a trade.
Mariners Justin Smoak, Texas Rangers Mitch Moreland, and free agent Kendrys Morales are all potentially available options for teams looking for a first basemen. With the Rays signing Loney, the Mets have fewer bidders on Ike Davis. This could give the Brewers more leverage, as it is clear the Mets want to move for Davis. However, with Loney no longer an option it may also pressure Brewers to get a deal done with the Mets, as their options are declining.
The Mets have reportedly asked the Brewers for RHP Tyler Thornburg who is currently projected to be the Brewers fifth starter. So far Brewers GM Doug Melvin has been reluctant to move the right-hander, but Sandy Alderson has found a knack for making great trades in the past.
The New York Mets are actively shopping Ike Davis and the Milwaukee Brewers could be a potential fit. Available first basemen continue to come off the board, so it should be sooner rather than later that we see a resolution to the Mets first base questions.