Is the Ike Davis Market Dry?
With an already active trade season prior to the Winter Meetings, Ike Davis and Lucas Duda still remain Mets. Of course the "logical" reason is that Sandy never does anything, but perhaps there's more.
Many reports have inclined the Mets were leaning towards Duda and trading Ike. However, trading Ike might not be as easy as it seemed and his value may not be what some think it is. In fact, the more we look, the more he may become a player that has more value to the Mets than he does in return.
First of all, not many teams are looking for a 1B. Originally reports were that at least 5-6 teams were interested in Davis: Rockies, Astros, Brewers, Rays, White Sox and Orioles. Of those, the Rockies signed Justin Morneau. The Astros have said not to be a fit. The White Sox have Konerko coming back and added Abreu. The Brewers just sent Aoki to the Royals because they liked Will Smith better than Ike.
The Mets were interested in Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki, reports FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal (on Twitter). The Brewers, however, liked pitcher Will Smith more than a player like Mets first baseman Ike Davis, so they shipped Aoki to the Royals instead.
So that leaves only the Rays and Orioles from the original 6. The Orioles have a 1B and have DH options so I don't even get that one anyway. The Rays seem to be incredibly difficult to trade with and win. They are searching for that big trade partner for David Price and may prefer to hold off on any other smaller deals.
More alarming is that Ike wasn't as valuable as a LHRP. I don't like to read the well why couldn't the Mets match this or that game as we don't know what the discussions were. However, just like a few years ago when the Mets had Murphy on the market and the best offer we heard was Luke Gregerson (don't get me wrong, he has turned into a stud reliever), it may not be easy to get a useful part in return for Ike this off-season. Not while guys like Kendry Morales are still on the market.
So for now, we wait. It is possible that Alderson is playing this correctly, out of necessity.