Friday, January 10, 2014
Mets Rumors: Ike Davis Expected to Compete for First Base Job This Spring
According to Anthony DiComo of Mets.com, the Mets are expecting Ike Davis to Compete for first base job along with Lucas Duda this Spring.
Sandy Alderson said he talked to Ike Davis during David Wright's wedding and was in a good mood despite all the long off-season rumors.
"He was in a good mood," Alderson said. "I don't think any of this talk over the winter has bothered him. I think he's anxious to get to Spring Training and show what he can do. I was certainly pleased by that."
The Mets were rumored to be in trade talks with the Pirates, Brewers, and Orioles this off-season, but nothing panned out. The Mets were looking for a young talented controllable pitcher for Davis, but all three teams did not budge on that front. So the Mets appear to be moving on..
"We're not going to move Ike just to move Ike -- or any other player, for that matter," Alderson said in a telephone interview this week. "This is a trade market, not a yard sale. And right now, we're perfectly happy to go into Spring Training with Davis and Duda both on the team. Frankly, we're not that actively engaged in trade discussions involving Ike at this point. I think that underscores our willingness to go into camp with both."
The Mets spent much of their time at last month's Winter Meetings talking to other teams about Davis, meeting with the Brewers in particular multiple times. Nothing came of it.
"You can only ask someone to dance so many times before you get the message," Alderson said. "We've been told by a variety of clubs that what we're asking is not unrealistic. But if they think they can get it or something else for less, that's what they're going to try to do. So be it. It's not like we're holding out for Babe Ruth."