Sep 27, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielderLucas Duda
(21) hits a single against the Milwaukee Brewers during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
"The Orioles recently spoke with the New York Mets about possibly acquiring second baseman Daniel Murphy, first baseman Ike Davis and outfielder Lucas Duda, according to a source, but discussions didn’t progress very far because the Mets coveted a top pitching prospect, like Eduardo Rodriguez.So it looks like both sides will stick with who they’ve got, for now. The Orioles are not looking to move Rodriguez, barring an offer that blows them away."
Encina notes above that the Mets and Orioles will “stick with what they’ve got, for now,” but that assumes the Mets are hell bent on acquiring Eduardo Rodriguez.
If Sandy Alderson is able to get something of value for Lucas Duda, one would imagine he’d come off his demands for Rodriguez, who is Baltimore’s second best pitching prospect.
From reading Encina’s report, it also seems that the Mets and Orioles are discussing trade parameters that would involve one of the aforementioned players (Duda, Davis, Murphy), not a package. I suppose a package involving one of the first basemen and Murphy could be discussed, but a deal involving both Duda and Davis (similar players) makes little sense.
If the Mets are unable to get what they’re seeking for Davis, but have a chance to get something of value for Duda, Alderson should pull the trigger. There have been some suggestions that the Mets would be wise to cut Davis during spring training if they can’t find a trade partner, but I wouldn’t even think about doing that. Davis has too much potential, and cutting him would be akin to caving for Alderson.
As far as Murphy is concerned, most fans don’t want to see him dealt. If the Mets’ plan if they deal Murphy is to insert Eric Young, Jr. at second base, count me among the fans who’d rather hang on to him. However, if the Mets are able to get something significant in return for Murphy, and are open to using Wilmer Flores at second base, it’s a different story.