Report: Mets Are Shopping Ike Davis; Club Prefers Lucas Duda
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Mets appear to be dangling Ike Davis.
According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Amazin’s and the Brewers have discussed a trade that would send the first baseman to Milwaukee. But the talks never got too serious, and a deal isn’t expected to happen — at least not at this point in time.
General manager Sandy Alderson would prefer to trade Davis over Lucas Duda, Martino reported.
A major-league executive has informed Martino that four or five clubs see the slugger as a fit. In addition to the Brewers, the Pirates, Rockies and Rays might be interested in the 26-year-old’s services.
Numerous reports previously indicated that the Mets and Brewers discussed swapping Davis for outfielder Norichika Aoki. But according to Martino, it’s doubtful that Brewers general manager Doug Melvin will trade Aoki.
Davis had a disastrous season for the Mets in 2013. The former first-round pick batted just .205 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs in 103 games for New York. He was sent down to the minors in June and batted .364 in 10 games in Triple-A before being recalled in early July. After hitting .161 prior to his demotion, the fourth-year player hit .286 with a .449 on-base percentage in the second half of the campaign.
But the power never came, and he struck out 101 times in 317 at-bats.
Duda was slightly more productive than Davis this past season, batting .223 with 15 home runs and 33 RBIs in 100 games. He drew 55 walks and posted a .352 on-base percentage, striking out 102 times in 318 at-bats. The 27-year-old also spent time in the minors in 2013.
He played 34 games at first base and 58 games in left field for the Mets this past season.
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