In an article published earlier today, Roch Kubatko of MASN stated that the Orioles may be close to trading for a bat. The Orioles (along with the Brewers and Pirates) have been one of the teams that’s been linked to Mets first baseman Ike Davis. Writes Kubatko:
I’ve heard rumblings that executive vice president Dan Duquette is working on a trade and may be at the point where he’s checking medical records. Yeah, pretty vague, but that’s another avenue to acquiring a hitter.
The Mets keep talking to the Orioles about Ike Davis, but they need to move off left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez.
Kubatko also speculated that the Orioles may be a landing spot for free agent Kendrys Morales. Most view Morales as being best suited as a designated hitter, but Kubatko doesn’t think that will scare the Orioles off.
Ike Davis was the only trade candidate discussed in Kubatko’s piece, so it appears that the potential deal the Orioles are working on could be for Davis.
However, even though Davis is the only trade target mentioned in the piece, it doesn’t mean that the Orioles and Duquette don’t have phone calls out to other teams about other players who could also be the answer regarding who the Orioles are reportedly reviewing the medical records of.
If the Mets and Orioles work out a deal for Davis that doesn’t include Eduardo Rodriguez, it’ll be interesting to see who the Mets get in return. As has been written recently, it’s not Alderson’s style to cave, and the Ike Davis situation shouldn’t be one that causes him to change his style.