The Pittsburgh Pirates made a modest trade when they acquired first baseman Chris McGuinness from the Texas Rangers, but it’s a trade that could have a big impact on the New York Mets. It virtually eliminates the Pirates as a possible trade destination for first baseman Ike Davis who the Mets have been shopping all winter.
The Mets once had no less than a handful of potential trade partners for Davis, but when the MLB Winter Meetings came and went without Davis being traded it appeared as if the Pirates might be the Mets’ last hope to trade Davis this offseason. However, with the Pirates acquiring McGuinness, a left-handed first baseman, they have no reason to further pursue a trade with the Mets for Davis, leaving the Mets with a limited amount of trade partners for Davis.
The Mets were intent on trading Davis all offseason, but it doesn’t appear that progress has been made on that front. With each passing day it looks more and more unlikely that the Mets will be able to trade Davis, and that is a huge problem for them as it means that one of their biggest offseason priorities will likely go unfulfilled.
The Mets have overvalued Davis all offseason and wanted more in return than what he’s worth based on what he’s done the past two seasons, the high salary he’ll make next season, and the likelihood that he turns his career around and reaches his potential. The Mets have also appeared to ignore the possibility of trading Lucas Duda instead of Davis which will now be tough to do at this point in the offseason.
The Mets are now stuck in a precarious position as they may have to trade Davis at a discount or bring him to spring training, neither of which is something they want to do. But it seems like they’re out of options at this point.