Mets say they’re happy to keep Ike
My colleague Anthony DiComo spoke to Mets GM Sandy Alderson this week about Ike Davis, the first baseman who has been dangled in trade talks all winter, and said he was content to bring both Davis and Lucas Duda into camp if the Mets cannot get what they feel is fair value for Davis.
The Brewers are interested, but so far have been unwilling to surrender a young pitcher, GM Doug Melvin told me this week.
Thus, a stalemate. From Tony’s story:
“We’re not going to move Ike just to move Ike — or any other player for that matter,” Alderson said. “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.”
If the Brewers can’t get Davis, they will explore other trade options or go with free-swinging slugger Juan Francisco.
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