NY Mets Trade Rumors: Ike Davis, David Murphy Deal To Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates Coming As Stephen Drew, Brad Miller Shortstop Options?

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Mar 06, 2014 03:41 PM EST
New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis
New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis (R) rolls on the ground after tagging out Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond (L) in a run down during the fourth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Washington, July 28, 2013. (Photo : Reuters) "

The NY Mets are in spring training with Ike Davis at first base and that could change as the season starts, as teams like the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates could be interested in a trade and that comes as New York may upgrade at shortstop with a Stephen Drew free agent deal or a trade with the Seattle Mariners for Brad Miller.

David has been on the radar when it comes to trades all offseason and at the winter meetings it looked like a foregone conclusion that he would be moved. The Pirates, Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays all needed first base help and they were connected to Davis, but the Mets did not pull the trigger on a deal. According to ESPN.com, a trade could still go down before the season starts and with Lucas Duda and Davis splitting time, whoever doesn't win the job out of the spring could have their days numbered in a Mets uniform.

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According to the NY Post, the Mets have also tried to move Daniel Murphy to the Orioles and in a deal they asked for Dylan Bundy, who is considered to be one of the best prospects in baseball. SB Nation writes that the Mets might be a bit crazy to even ask for this deal, as Murphy is 29 and not that great, while Bundy could end up being a top of the line starter in the league.

The Mets spent a bit of money for the first time in a couple years after signing Bartolo Colon and Curtis Granderson to contracts and they were linked to Stephen Drew for some time, but the team balked at the length and dollars on the deal for a player his age. According to ESPN.com, the Mets are still a possibility for Drew, as they are not satisfied with starting the season with Rueben Tejada at short and that could also lead to a trade with the Mariners, as Hardball Talk has reported that the Mets showed interest in both Brad Miller and Nick Franklin.

The Mariners are likely to trade one of those players by Opening Day according to Hardball Talk, as they signed Robinson Cano and now do not need another second baseman. The team has both Miller and Franklin as potential options at shortstop and with Miller starting last year and Franklin playing second, he is more likely to move. Franklin was originally a shortstop and that is why the Mets could have interest in him if the Mariners want to deal. Pitching could move in this deal, as the M's are dealing with injuries to Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker and if they move Franklin or Miller, that could be what they look for in a deal.

The Mets were pretty terrible on offense last season and Davis was sent down at one point to the minors and now he is looking to have a bounce back year. According to ESPN.com he hid an injury and that contributed to his .161 average when he was sent down and now he hopes to remain with the Mets and get back to his best form.

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