The Milwaukee Brewers now have signed Lyle Overbay to a minor-league deal. A couple of days ago they inked Mark Reynolds to a deal...
Those additions appear to signal that Milwaukee is prepared to go without acquiring Ike Davis. The Brewers once appeared the most logical landing spot for Davis.
Overbay, who turns 37 next Tuesday, hit .240 with 14 homers and 59 RBIs in 445 at-bats for the Yankees last season. He played for the Brewers in 2004 and '05.
The Pirates and Orioles also seemed to have some interest in Ike Davis, but both teams have cooled off on their pursuit. The Mets are asking for top line pitching prospect... Mets were looking at the Orioles LHP Eduardo Rodriguez and Pirates RHP Nick Kingham....
The Mets plan is probably have a Ike Davis/ Lucas Duda Showcase in spring training and hope a team can get roped in on one of them preferably Ike Davis probably because of his $3.5 Million dollar price tag.
Teams also could have injuries during the spring and a mystery team may enter the bidding for Davis..
Ike Davis' father Ron Davis told the Ny Daily News he believes the Mets botched handling the trade of the Mets first baseman this winter by being so open about their intent (quote below):
“I think that’s why the Mets have really screwed up in that situation -- because they’ve publicly done it so much, it’s saying to my son, ‘Hey, we don’t want you anymore,'” the ex-Yankee Ron Davis said Tuesday afternoon at a Baseball Assistance Team charity event in Manhattan. “So I think they backed themselves into a corner saying, ‘We want to trade you, but we want ‘X’ amount."
"Now, with Milwaukee getting [Mark] Reynolds and [Lyle] Overbay and this guy, now they’re backing themselves into a corner. They’re in a situation like, ‘Well, heck, we may have to keep him now."
"If you would have done it quietly and said, ‘Hey, well people called us, we didn’t call them,’ then you could have something to say. But when you’ve gone out publicly and said, ‘Hey, we don’t want you here anymore’ basically, he’s learned the game. He’s been in the game four years and playing pro ball for six years. So he understands."
“Like I told him: I was released three times, I was traded three times and sold once to Japan. So, who cares?” Ron Davis said. “It’s part of the game. I told him: You’re like a piece of hamburger meat, just sitting there at the grocery store. And when you’re first put out there in that wrapper, you look real good — bright and red. And the older you get, you start getting tarnished, a little brownish, and people don’t pick you as much."
“People ask me who my favorite team was — the last one that paid me. The bottom line is, you’ve got to look at it as the cup is half-full, not half-empty."
“Because that means if the Mets don’t want you, somebody else does.”