Mets desperate to leave Orlando without Ike Davis

Posted: December 11, 2013 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven InmanimagesCAU5LIB3

The Mets continue their quest to move Ike Davis and sources believe the team will do just that before they leave Orlando tomorrow. The two teams most interested in trading for Davis at the moment are the Rays and the Brewers but neither team has offered the Mets much other than salary relief. According to Adam McCalvy of the Mets asked for SP Tyler Thornburg in a deal for Davis. “New York wants Tyler Thornburg, and sounded firm on it. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke just told reporters on Tuesday afternoon that he has Thornburg penciled in as Milwaukee’s fifth starter.” McCalvy said. McCalvy covers the Brewers on a daily basis and this would be a very good return for Davis.

Thornburg, 25, had a very strong year for the Brewers mainly out of their pen. Thornburg also made seven starts for the Brewers last year. He will be given the first crack at the 5th starters spot if he stays in Milwaukee but I think he will end up as a closer in someone’s bullpen. He has a very inconsistent changeup and simply doesn’t throw enough strikes.

Thornburg had a rough outing against the Mets on July 5th as a starter, coincidently in Ike Davis’ first game back from the minors. I don’t think they could acquire him but Thornburg would be a very good get for Sandy Alderson.

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – I hope SA is right about Davis because if he blossoms like Nolan Ryan did after the Mets traded him for an aged Jim Fregosi then the Mets fans will be talking about his blunder for at least a generation. Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      I think this is different Mike. You’ve been a Mets fan a lot longer than I have but when Ryan was traded he had a lot more success under his belt and the Mets won with him.

      They are desperate for a change and they might have had more time with Ike had they had even one winning season with him. We will see I expect him to improve elsewhere but I really see a lot of holes in his swing and I don’t see a different hitting coach completely fixing him. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Mike Young says:

    Steve – From out of nowhere SA signed Bartolo Colon to a $20 million 2 year deal. While I was hoping for Bronson Arroyo I think and hope this works out only because Colon is already 40 years old. If it does he could be this year’s version of Marlon Byrd. SA has kept his promise that the Mets would be players in the off season for 2014. With reportedly 5 million left to spend, I am now hoping for Gregg. I didn’t notice that he is on the market. I remember watching him pitch last season vs. the Mets. He throws very hard. I think I recall that even so, the Mets managed to get to him at least if not more than once in 2013. No problem though. I will still take him. I saw a post by a Braves fan saying that the Braves haven’t signed anyone yet. Having lost Hudson and McCann maybe, just maybe, the Mets can over take them in the season year this year. I have waited a long time to see that happen. Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Mike I’m not a fan of the Colon signing but I’ll get to that in my next post. I think the Nationals are the team to beat next year as the Braves don’t really have a great plan to replace McCann. The Upton brothers both disapointed last year B.J more than Justin so unless those guys improve I see them taking a step back. Thanks again Mike!

  3. David says:

    I think it’s only a matter of time when he is traded. I see the Brewers as the number one target. I would like to see Ike here in my city Milwaukee. I love his power. I don’t think the Brewers will give up Thornburg. They like him too much! It would be a good trade if it works out.
    -David S.

    • Steven Inman says:

      David thanks for the comment. I really believe that the Mets won’t move David unless they can get something valuable back in return. While the Mets and Brewers both like Thornburg a lot, most teams view him as a reliever, perhaps a closer. Well see Brewers have plenty of options at 1st base still while the Mets have only a few places to trade him.

      • David says:

        I don’t see why the Brewers give their prospect Hunter Morris a chance in the bigs. I’d use him as a one year experiment. No harm would be done because the Brewers aren’t going anywhere. He is loaded with potential.
        -David S.

      • Steven Inman says:

        You know David, if the Brewers really believed in Morris I believe they would have given him the last two months of the season as the everyday 1st basemen when your brewers were out of the race. I haven’t heard anything about the team giving Morris a shot at 1st yet. So far the names I have heard that the Brewers would consider are Ike Davis, Justin Smoak and Adam Lind.

      • David says:

        That’s true. The only option I like at first is Ike. Not a fan of the others. I had a ray of hope for James Loney, but oh well.

      • Steven Inman says:

        I still think there is a decent chance that the Brewers give up the necessary piece to acquire Ike. I know the Knicks were interested in trading Davis for Aoki but as you know he was traded to Kansas City.

      • David says:

        I was mad about that trade! What do you think about the guy they received in return?

      • Steven Inman says:

        Not a big fan of Will Smith. Don’t see him as a starter but he could be a very effective lefty at the end of that Brewers pen, something they have badly missed the past few years. Just don’t feel like a lefty specialist was enough for Aoki who is a solid leadoff man.

      • David says:

        I agree. Aoki is very talented. I was pretty mad, but we need some bullpen help. We are getting desperate. Hopefully he turns out well!

      • David says:

        Another sad thing is that Aoki recently bought a house and had a kid here in Milwaukee! He’s gotta feel bad!

      • Steven Inman says:

        I didn’t know the thing about him buying a house but with him on the last year of his deal, it seemed likely all winter that he could have been moved I just thought they could have gotten more.

      • David says:

        Yea, more would’ve been nice.

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