Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports on Nov. 14:
The Mets appear increasingly likely to move first baseman Ike Davis, who is drawing interest from about a half-dozen clubs, according to major-league sources.
Don’t be surprised if the Mets also trade second baseman Daniel Murphy, one of their best hitters. Murphy is drawing interest from clubs that envision him at second, third or as a super-utility type, and while his departure would hurt the Mets short-term, he is unlikely to still be with the club by the time it contends again.
In what promises to be a busy offseason for the Mets, two of their top incumbent bats look like they could be on the move, as first baseman Ike Davis and second baseman Daniel Murphy both appear to be available.
Davis looked like a key piece of the future when he put together a strong rookie season in 2010, and he managed 32 home runs and 90 RBI in 2012 despite a rough first half. But he struggled mightily this past season and finished with a line of just .205/.326/.334 and only nine home runs in 317 at-bats.
Meanwhile, Murphy had a terrific 2013 with a .286/.319/.415 line and career highs of 13 home runs and 78 RBI. The 28-year-old, however, likely is not a part of the Mets' long-term plans and has value now with two years of team control left.