MLB trade rumors are heating up even though the season is still cold, and New York Mets slugger Ike Davis appears to be the first big name on the chopping block.
The Mets have been shopping Davis for some time, and even came close to striking a deal with the Baltimore Orioles in the offseason before the deal fell apart when the Mets asked for too much.
The Mets were reportedly offered left-hander Zach Britton for Davis, but New York turned it down. Instead the Mets wanted Eduardo Rodriguez, who is ranked as the third-best prospect for the Orioles.
Though the deal fell apart, new MLB trade rumors suggest that Ike Davis is back on the market.
It may not be the easiest trade for the Mets. Davis has had his share of struggles, including a career.242 batting average and a bit of a problem with injuries. The Mets even had to send Davis back to the minor leagues, where he regained some of his big-hitting form, but Davis has still had a hard time transitioning his big bat to the majors.
Davis does have some solid years, namely a 32 home run 90 RBI campaign in 2012. Davis has also had a great start to the year, including a walkoff grand slam on Saturday to beat the Cincinnati Reds.
As New York Daily News reporter Andy Martino points out, MLB trade rumors indicate that the Mets are still looking for good value in return for Davis.
— Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) April 4, 2014
The Mets still have plenty of time to trade Ike Davis, but with the team seemingly committed to giving an extended look at Lucas Duda at first base, Davis seems to be the odd one out. Expect MLB trade rumors around Ike Davis to continue growing until he’s finally shipped from New York.