The Brewers continue to search for a first baseman, according to their GM Doug Melvin. However, he acknowledges both the trade and free agent markets for first basemen have been thin all winter (Haudricourt, Jan. 11).
Melvin has been unable to engage the Rangers in a deal involving 1B Mitch Moreland, he has seen a reluctance from the Mariners to move any of their spare first basemen (Haudricourt, Jan. 11), and so far he’s been unwilling to trade RHP Tyler Thornburg to the Mets for 1B Ike Davis (McCalvy, Dec. 1).
Earlier this week, Melvin said he was still talking with the Mets about Davis, though the two sides had yet to see eye-to-eye on a deal (MLB.com, Jan. 7). However, Sandy Alderson said the Mets are not actively engaged in trade discussions involving Davis right now (DiComo, Jan. 9).
The Mets have been seeking a pitching prospect in return for Davis, but in addition to Thornburg, the Mets have been shot down when asking the Pirates for RHP Nick Kingham (Perrotto, Dec. 17), and the Orioles for LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (Encina, Jan. 4).
As such, the Mets expect Davis will be on the team at the start of Spring Training since efforts to trade him this winter have been unsuccessful (Rubin, Jan. 5). The Mets could decide to cut him during Spring Training, at which time they would only owe him $600,000, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.
Davis does want to return to the Mets in 2014, as he wants to be part of their solution going forward (Martino, Jan. 9).