The Astros, Brewers, and Pirates are all looking to acquire a first baseman (Rosenthal, Dec. 15), with the Mets reportedly shopping 1B Ike Davis. But the Rangers are shopping 1B Mitch Moreland, the Blue Jays are shopping 1B Adam Lind, and the Mariners could look to move 1B Justin Smoak, leaving the market saturated with underachieving first basemen.
In addition, free agent 1B James Loney has agreed to sign with the Tampa Bay Rays for three years and $21 million (Rosenthal, Dec. 13).
Now that Loney is going back to Tampa Bay, the market for Davis is perceived as thin and the Mets could be forced to, “sell low” on Davis, according to industry sources (Puma, Dec. 13), leaving open the possibility of Davis returning to the Mets in 2014.
However, the Brewers intend to move quickly to get a first baseman (Haudricourt, Dec. 12), and they are interested in trading for Davis.
In talks for Davis, the Mets asked the Brewers for RHP Tyler Thornburg (McCalvy, Dec. 11, Duquette, Dec. 10), but he is currently ticketed for Milwaukee’s fifth starter slot and the Brewers are currently uninterested in moving him (Haudricourt, Dec. 12).
Alternatively, the Mets could consider trading Lucas Duda instead of Davis if they can get a better return (Puma, Dec. 13).
In either case, Sandy Alderson said on Wednesday during SNY’s Mets Hot Stove he will not, “give away” either of his first basemen in a trade this winter.