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Report: Mets turned down O’s offer of Zach Britton-for-Ike Davis over winter

Apr 5, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

Ike Davis AP AP

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reported yesterday that the Mets see trading Ike Davis as the “as the likely endgame” and today he dropped an interesting nugget about a proposal the team turned down over the winter:

My reporting on Friday led me to these conclusions: Just as in the offseason, the Mets are eager to move Davis — but also just as in the offseason, they want a decent return. 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).

With his elite ground ball rate, Britton could have been an asset as a back-end starter or middle reliever, but the Mets reportedly aimed higher for Davis, asking the Orioles for prospect left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. They didn’t bite and it appears that Baltimore has moved on. For what it’s worth, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported in February that the Mets turned down a deal from the Rays over the winter that would have netted them outfielder Matt Joyce. Of course, that was before the Rays re-signed James Loney.

The Mets are currently giving Lucas Duda a trial run as their starting first baseman. So far, so good, as he launched a pair of two-run homers last night against the Reds to propel New York to their first victory of the season. Dealing Davis might be the endgame here, but his trade value isn’t going to improve on the bench.

UPDATE: A game-winning grand slam might improve his value. Just call this a perfectly-timed post.

  1. elguapo16 - Apr 5, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    “…his trade value isn’t going to improve on the bench.”

    So much for that theory….ha!

  2. disgracedfury - Apr 5, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Even in trades the Mets can’t do anything right.

    • dillongeeescapeplan - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      huh? Britton sucks.

    • mtr75 - Apr 5, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      True, Dickey for Syndegaard and Travis d’Arnaud was just terrible, as was Carlos Beltran for Zach Wheeler.

  3. nymets4ever - Apr 5, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Ike with the walk-off grand slam!!! Suck it, Mets haters. Haha

  4. chc4 - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    The Mets are horrible. I really do have pity for their fans.

    • nymets4ever - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      We don’t need your pity. So take it and shove it where the sun don’t shine, you insignificant dickhead. Haha

      • Old Gator - Apr 5, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        Are you really that endlessly amusing to yourself, or is that merely aphasia talking?

    • mtr75 - Apr 5, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      chc4… Hmmm, Cubs fan? Unless you’re 120 you don’t remember the last Cubs World Series. I fondly remember ’86 though. A cubs fan having pity on another sports fan, now THAT is funny.

  5. jpalughi823 - Apr 5, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    i like britton out of the pen right now. dude is humping it up there in the mid 90s

  6. bigdl1986 - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    @nymets4ever You happen to be a delusional fan. The Mets are awful, won yesterday’s game by a fluke. They lead the majors in strikeouts and have a Triple AAA lineup at best. Fans like you keep the Wilpons in charge.

    • Old Gator - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      He is a Wilpoon – well, a part-Wilpoon, anyway. He is ackcherley the malignant halfbreed of a Wilpoon and Yog-Sothoth they keep in the basement of Citifield like a latterday Wilbur Whateley, hoping his posts – which are really foul incantations derived from an incomplete copy of the very first Mutts yearbook – will not open the security gate of Citifield and admit hordes of eldritch fans like himself into the stadium.

      Unfortunately, as you see, the page with the incantation containing the password to Circling the Bases was intact.

  7. zdravit - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    You can’t have too much pitching, but the Mets have too much pitching.

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