Updated 01:38 AM EDT, Fri, Oct 31, 2014
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MLB Trade Rumors: NY Mets Actively Shopping Ike Davis; Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates are Front-Runners

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NY Mets could trade first baseman Ike Davis this offseason (Photo : Wikipedia)

The New York Mets are hoping for the best possible package available for compensation for left-handed slugger Ike Davis, a source close to situation reported on Friday.

Reports indicated the Mets continued to entertain trade offers for Davis, who batted .205 with nine homers and 33 RBIs in 103 games last season. According to several sources, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates have already contacted Mets general manager Sandy Alderson regarding the availability of the veteran hitter.

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Rumors are circulating that the Mets are a little bit disappointed with the outcome of their latest talk with Brewers general manager Doug Melvin, who was pessimistic about their chances to snag prospect Mitch Moreland from the Texas Rangers.

"Yesterday, while it was reported that both the Brewers and Pirates remain interested in Davis, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin put himself in a poor negotiating position by stating that Mitch Moreland [a first baseman he was interested in acquiring from Texas] isn't on the market," Sports Illustrated Fan Sided reported on Friday.

With Moreland likely out of the picture, the Mets are still looking to land another solid farm prospect like Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers, though the Milwaukee front office is adamantly against it.

USA Today Baseball insider John Perroto indicated the Mets have also made a negotiation with the up-and-coming Pirates and they are interested to land 22-year-old pitching prospect Nick Kingham.

According to scouts, the 6-foot-5 Kingham has a solid arsenal of pitches such as curveball and changeup, but his specialty remains his fastball that goes between 92 to 95 mph and touches 98 mph at maximum. Kingham already reached the Double A last season, recording a 2.70 ERA and surrendering just one homer in 73.1 innings pitched.

Already having the luxury of a vaunted pitching unit, the Pirates might be willing to part ways with their pitching prospect for the chance to nab the best first baseman available on the trading market.

Fansided columnist Danny Abriano believes the Mets are doing the right thing by selling high for the 26-year-old Davis.

"There are some who think the Mets have to "sell low" on Ike, but I don't think that's the case at all. Right now, this is a matter of supply and demand. Davis is the best first baseman available, and there are multiple teams in need. Selling low makes zero sense, and I would be stunned if Alderson caved at this point," the Fansided writer stated.

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