LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – As long as the battery works on New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson’s cell phone, he’ll be trying to trade Ike Davis.
Teams don’t often speak openly about players on their roster they are attempting to trade, but Alderson has made no secret he’s shopping the struggling first baseman. Manager Terry Collins didn’t help Alderson’s cause any by suggesting Davis presses at the plate.
“There’s a time where they’ve got to hit a homer,” Collins said of power hitters like Davis. “They’ve got to hit a homer. Singles don’t get it. So I know that there are times that they’ll probably press a little bit knowing they’ve got to produce runs and that’s part of it.”
That means Davis is a project which any team talking to the Mets must realize.
Alderson will also spend the day looking for a starting pitcher as his choices are dwindling. The Mets aren’t close to any trades or signings, so today should be relatively quiet.
The Mets will also spend part of the day preparing for Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft.
LATER THIS MORNING: Wilpon says Alderson not restricted financially.
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