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Report: Mets shopping Ike Davis, 'four or five' teams interested

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Ike Davis is on the trade block following a disappointing season.
Ike Davis is on the trade block following a disappointing season. (USATSI)

According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets are "leaning strongly toward" shopping first baseman Ike Davis instead of Lucas Duda. As many as "four or five teams" have interest.

The Mets and Brewers did discuss a possible trade involving Davis, but the talks didn't go anywhere. A deal between the two clubs is unlikely. The Pirates, Rockies and Rays could also have interest according to Martino.

Davis, 26, hit .205/.326/.334 (89 OPS+) with nine home runs in 103 games this past season while spending a month in the minors following a brutally slow start. He hit .227/.308/.462 (111 wRC+) with 32 homers in 156 games just last season.

Given his age and 30-homer power, Davis is an affordable alternative to free agents like Mike Napoli, Corey Hart and Justin Morneau. He's still several years away from his 30th birthday and, more than anything, needs to figure out how to put an end to his slow starts. That's easier said than done, obviously.

Davis is projected to earn $3-4 million in 2014 and won't become a free agent until after the 2016 season. Power is among the scarcest commodities in baseball and the Mets should have no trouble finding a trade partner for their first baseman.

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