LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Within the space of 30 minutes Wednesday afternoon, the Mets improved their chances of trading first baseman Ike Davis.
According to multiple reports, the Mariners lured free- agent first baseman Corey Hart from the Brewers with a one-year deal. Minutes later, the Mariners traded righthander Carter Capps for Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison.
Nevertheless, a source said the Mets were “not close” to any deal for Davis or second baseman Daniel Murphy. The Mets have not been pleased by the potential returns for either player, particularly Davis.
“I want to emphasize one thing,” said general manager Sandy Alderson, who spoke in general about trades. “We’re not in the business of giving players away. [I] don’t expect to get in that business.”
The Brewers had reportedly expressed interest in bringing back Hart, though they had engaged the Mets in talks about Davis as a fallback option at first base. But with Hart out of the picture, the Brewers and Mets might be motivated to find a fit.
The Brewers, Rays and Pirates are the three teams that continue to show some interest in trading for Davis, according to a source.
Nevertheless, other choices remain on the board. First-base options include free agents James Loney and Kendrys Morales. Meanwhile, the Red Sox reportedly may deal Mike Carp and the Rangers could trade Mitch Moreland.
Davis might not be traded until after the winter meetings, which wrap after Thursday’s Rule 5 draft. However, a trade involving Davis remains a distinct possibility.
Murphy, meanwhile, appears less likely to be dealt, according to sources.
While the Mets have been open to dealing the second baseman, a source said the team isn’t pushing hard for a trade.
If Davis is traded, the Mets have Lucas Duda, who is considered a comparable replacement in the lineup. But without Murphy, the Mets might not have the same luxury at second.
Prospect Wilmer Flores has shown the potential to perform offensively though some doubt remains about his viability as an everyday second baseman.
Eric Young Jr. has experience at second base, but his bat would represent a downgrade from Murphy at a time that the Mets have prioritized improving their lineup.