The New York Mets have wanted to trade Ike Davis for quite some time, but have failed to do so thus far in the offseason. A few weeks ago there were more than a handful of suitors, but now there appear to be few teams interested in Davis to the point that it’s pertinent to ask whether the Mets should try to trade Lucas Duda instead of Davis. However, rumors indicate that the Pittsburgh Pirates have emerged as a leading trade partner for Davis, and possibly the Mets’ last hope to unload him.
In addition to the Pirates, the Houston Astros and Milwaukee Brewers are also looking to trade for a first baseman, but both teams seem unlikely to trade for Davis. The Mets and Brewers have had a lot of talks regarding Davis, but the Brewers balked at parting with pitcher Tyler Thornburg, and with Sandy Alderson’s propensity for playing hardball on the trade market, a deal is unlikely to be reached unless Milwaukee concedes Thornburg. As for the Astros, there has been little chatter connecting them to Davis and the Mets, especially with several other first baseman available on the trade market.
This could leave the Pirates as the Mets’ last hope for dealing Davis, although Pittsburgh is also interested in first baseman Mitch Moreland of the Texas Rangers. The Mets and Pirates have a good relationship after pulling off a trade with one another last August that sent Marlon Byrd and John Buck to Pittsburgh to help the Pirates with their playoff push. That history bodes well for the Mets, but if Pittsburgh has other options at first base, it would drive down the price for Davis, possibly to the point where the Mets would prefer not to trade him rather than give him away for next to nothing.
But if the Mets really want to part ways with Davis, and not even give serious consideration to shopping Duda instead, then beggars can’t be choosers and the Mets will have to trade Davis for anything they can get. The Pirates may be their last hope to dump him on someone else.