New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has indicated that trade talks involving first baseman Ike Davis have died down, telling Anthony DiComo of MLB.com that "we're not going to move Ike just to move Ike" and "you can only ask someone to dance so many times before you get the message."
In other words, teams aren't willing to match Alderson's asking price and he doesn't have to trade the 26-year-old, who is still the leading candidate to win the team's first base job.
The Milwaukee Brewers, who have been the team most often connected to Davis in rumors, added another first-base candidate when they agreed to a minor league deal with veteran Mark Reynolds, who should at least figure into a platoon with left-handed hitting Juan Francisco.
If the two sides were unable to reach a deal because the Brewers were unwilling to give up pitcher Tyler Thornburg—Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reported last month that the Mets had asked for Thornburg—it's probably even less likely that they would now with Reynolds in the mix.
One team that still makes a ton of sense for Davis is the Pittsburgh Pirates, who currently have Gaby Sanchez penciled into the starting role with Andrew Lambo the leading candidate to share time with Sanchez in a righty-lefty platoon.
The 30-year-old Sanchez posted a .619 OPS versus right-handed pitching last year, which is why a left-handed hitter like Lambo has a shot to play often. But the 25-year-old, despite his 32 homers combined between Triple-A and Double-A last season, has limited experience at first base, and breaking into the majors on a team with World Series aspirations might be a bit much to ask.
Davis, on the other hand, had 32 homers in the majors two seasons ago and could be seen as a much safer bet than Lambo to make a strong contribution to the 2014 team.
The Pirates have a much deeper farm system than the Brewers, so while a pitcher of Thornburg's caliber might be too much to ask for any team, it's much more likely that they can come closer to Alderson's asking price without sacrificing one of the their best trade chips.