The New York Mets will not be trading first baseman Ike Davis because they are interested in becoming a more power-oriented team, according to a report by Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Citing a team source, Sherman states that the club had originally considered converting left fielder Lucas Duda to first base and trading Davis. However, the Mets were concerned about how they would be able to replace the 32 home runs Davis hit last season if they were to move him. Now, the franchise has decided to keep Davis and Duda at their respective positions and hope that the duo can produce upward of 50 or 60 homeruns next season.
According to Sherman, the team may look to add more power by trading starting pitcher R.A. Dickey for a package that would include a young slugger (potentially an outfielder) as a return piece in the trade. Sherman reported on Thursday that negotiations with Dickey on an extension are not progressing and the team may look to move the Cy Young award finalist.