The Mets had serious discussions about dealing Ike Davis over the winter but were unable to find a deal to their liking. With the season 13 days away, Sandy Alderson is again working the phones while exploring a potential Davis trade.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York cites a source who notes that Alderson is engaging the same teams he discussed Davis with earlier in the winter.
The teams the Mets were connected to the most earlier this offseason as a potential match for Davis were the Pirates, Brewers, and Orioles.
Davis, who turns 27 in four days, has been out of the lineup for weeks due to injuries to his calves. He’s been serving as a designated hitter recently in minor league games, and will likely return to Grapefruit League action soon.
It makes sense that the Mets are again discussing trading Ike Davis, but it’s hard to imagine they’ll get an offer that’s to their liking at this juncture. Adam Rubin noted that the club is also open to dealing Lucas Duda (who has been out with an injured hamstring), which makes sense.
Carrying both Davis and Duda on the roster would weaken the bench due to their similar profiles and lack of versatility.
If the Mets aren’t able to get a deal done now, perhaps they’ll be able to circle back with interested teams after Davis and/or Duda get some games under their belt.