It always seems like drama arises during spring training. The Ruben Tejada/Stephen Drew saga ramped back up once Tejada appeared at spring training earlier this week. And now, since there weren’t any big time rumors floating around, Ike Davis’ name has been brought back up.
The Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates are back in the Ike Davis market. It was reported yesterday and early today that both teams are keeping an eye on Davis, as they both look to shore up their respective first base positions.
During the winter meetings, it seemed to be all but a formality that Ike Davis would be wearing a new uniform come opening day. But now, with Davis reporting to spring training still in a Mets cap, a trade seems very unlikely.
Now with these rumors back in circulation, the questions will rise to Sandy Alderson, Ike Davis and both Fred and Jeff Wilpon as to Davis’ future in Flushing.
Terry Collins has spoken at length about the open competition between Lucas Duda and Ike Davis for first base this spring, with only one remaining in New York to start the season. If Davis is the guy that draws the short end of the stick, then these trade rumors may become more than rumors. The Mets don’t want a guy making $3.5 million in AAA. But if he is able to make improvements and show he has returned back to his old form, then there will be no reason for Alderson to answer the phone.
All winter we’ve heard about the interest Baltimore and Pittsburgh has in Ike Davis. But, they weren’t willing to fork over what Sandy Alderson wants. Will they have a change of heart as the spring goes on? That doesn’t seem likely. They are probably just keeping the phone line open in hopes that Davis loses the starting job and the Mets are forced to move him.
Until that time comes, it’s all talk and rumors. If Ike Davis was going to get traded, it was going to occur at the winter meetings. If I was a betting man, I’d put money on Davis wearing a Mets cap on opening day, playing first base. Then again this is baseball and things can change within a matter of hours.