Mets Conclude First Day Of Winter Meetings With No Moves

While the New York Mets would like to deal Ike Davis or Lucas Duda by the end of the week, general manager Sandy Alderson gave no indication today a move was imminent.

Teams are waiting out the Mets in the hope either might be released, but that won’t happen. Alderson said prospective buyers are exploring other options, whether it is in the trade or free-agent markets. And, teams could be offering the Mets little in return.

ALDERSON: Nothing doing.

ALDERSON: Nothing doing.

There are a lot of reasons why a trade doesn’t get done.

“That’s always the case,’’ Alderson said. “There’s always going to be an alternative. That’s what provides the tension of negotiating a deal. [Teams] are always looking at what their alternatives are. That’s what provides the tension of getting something done and not getting something done; simply there are other options.’’

Of course, it could take one phone call to change everything. A team could offer the Mets a sweet deal, or Alderson can cave just to make a trade.

The latter is highly unlikely.

“Could we do something?’’ Alderson rhetorically asked. “Yeah, we have that ability. Whether we do it or not is a function of what we can get and what our other options are.’’

Working against the Mets in trying to trade Davis is that other teams are aware of his shortcomings and of the Mets’ overt desire to swing a deal. The Mets have not been subtle in this, and given the high probability Davis won’t be with the team next spring have teams being reluctant.

They aren’t waiting in line to talk trade about Duda, either.

“Everybody is aware of what we have. We don’t have to advertise that,’’ Alderson said. “As far as marketing, [other teams] do their own evaluations. If somebody is not inclined to make a deal for a particular player, it is difficult to talk them into it and get something in return.’’

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3 thoughts on “Mets Conclude First Day Of Winter Meetings With No Moves

  1. trader jack mckeon would do wonders w/the stillborn met front office minions..put the sunblock on jd

  2. Many of JD’s commenters know that I’ve been tweeting with Jeff Fletcher of the OCC about the possibility of Mark Trumbo being acquired through trade.

    I got a couple of tweets in today. First I asked him if the Mets were one of the 12 teams in on Trumbo and he replied with this. “I asked a mets person today. Says they can’t afford to give up pitching.” Also, FLetcher said there is a 25% chance that Trumbo is traded this offseason.

    Not much but a little info for those of us who are intereseted in Mark Trumbo becoming a Met.

    Good point JD. “The Mets have not been subtle” in there dissatisfaction with Ike and also believe that it’s been working against the Mets while trying to trade Davis