5 Potential Trade Suitors Who Can Make Ike Davis a Star
Although he got off to a slow start this season, the New York Mets clearly had a lot of faith in Ike Davis and his potential. That faith has been rewarded as Davis has hit .250/.338/.519 with 22 home runs and 60 RBI since the beginning of June.
While Davis has certainly turned things around a bit and has been a good run producer for the Mets, the team may have actually lost some faith in him during that time period.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York has reported that the Mets will consider dealing Davis because of his unwillingness to listen to the suggested changes that the coaches want him to make.
If Davis does become available, there will be a number of teams around the league that will be interested in him.
Boston Red Sox
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After trading away Adrian Gonzalez, it appears as if the Boston Red Sox do not have a long-term solution at first base. James Loney is set to become a free agent after the season and he has not been a great run producer at all this year.
Ike Davis could be an outstanding addition for the Red Sox, but the Mets would likely ask for Jacoby Ellsbury in return. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the price for Ellsbury would be "astronomical" (via Kirk Minihane of WEEI).
The two teams could possibly try to work out a deal involving Ellsbury, Davis and Jon Niese.
Tampa Bay Rays
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The Tampa Bay Rays will likely miss out on the postseason in 2012, and as a result, they will look to re-tool their team over the winter. First base could certainly be an area that they look to address.
Ike Davis would slot in well to the Rays' lineup, and Tampa Bay has a number of young pitchers that could interest the Mets. Imagine what a rotation featuring Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Chris Archer could do in a few years.
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Todd Helton's time with the Colorado Rockies is coming to an end soon, and the fan favorite may be entering his last season in the majors next year. Ike Davis would be a great option to replace him and he would thrive at Coors Field.
Colorado has a number of young outfield prospects such as Tim Wheeler that could interest the Mets, but they would need to put together a much bigger package to acquire Davis.
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Even though the Oakland Athletics have struggled to get a high level of production out of their first basemen this year, they are still looking like they will be a playoff team. Chris Carter has been decent, but the A's could move him to DH next year if they make a move.
Ike Davis would be a nice upgrade over Carter, both offensively and defensively. The New York Mets would likely ask for a package that is centered around one of the Athletics' young pitchers such as Brad Peacock or Dan Straily.
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It is certainly difficult to see the New York Mets and Miami Marlins make a deal involving a power-hitting first baseman, but they have done it in the past with Carlos Delgado. The Marlins could have an interest in Ike Davis if they let Carlos Lee go and decide to keep Logan Morrison in the outfield.
If the Mets were to deal Davis within the division, then the price would be high. Either Jose Fernandez or Christian Yelich would need to be included in the trade.