Mets almost traded Ike Davis to the Orioles this winter

Mets almost traded Ike Davis to the Orioles this winter
April 5, 2014, 4:15 pm
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On a day Ike Davis gave the Mets a victory over the Reds with a walkoff grand slam, a report surfaced of an almost-trade involving the former top prospect over the winter.

It's no secret the Mets want to trade Davis, and according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, they came close to sending him to the Baltimore Orioles. The offer was lefty Zach Britton for Davis, and the Mets turned it down.

Here is what Martino wrote on Saturday:

"Despite their preference for Duda, the Mets have declined several trade proposals for Davis in recent months, including Baltimore’s offer of pitcher Zach Britton, according to a person briefed on talks between the two clubs (that person said the Orioles now consider that deal off the table)."

Britton is a former top prospect himself, a guy who many thought highly of in the minors before his struggles at the major league level. The Mets, however, had their sights on Orioles prospect Eduardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez is the team's third best prospect behind Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy.

The Mets appear jet-set on getting a significant haul for Davis, despite his .242 career batting average and problems staying healthy. He hit 32 homers and 90 RBI in 2012, but took a big step back last season.

Will the Mets get their asking price for Davis, or will they have to drop their price? Perhaps a walkoff grand slam can increase his value.

(Via HardballTalk)