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5-6 teams have checked in with Mets on 1B

11/11/2013
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Ike Davis or Lucas Duda likely gets traded this offseason, although the deal may occur late in the winter.ORLANDO, Fla. -- Five or six teams have checked in with the Mets this offseason on the availability of Ike Davis and/or Lucas Duda, a team insider told ESPNNewYork.com.

The Mets likely would prefer trading Davis, although that is not a uniform opinion in the organization.

Davis' future is far more variable, and therefore he is the more risky player to trade. He could end up a 30-plus-homer guy with plus fielding skills. Or his career could go in the direction that prompted the Mets to demote him to Triple-A Las Vegas this past season.

Davis' salary will be significantly higher than Duda's, too. Davis, despite his subpar performance, is due to get a raise from the $3.125 million he earned this season. Duda will be first-time arbitration-eligible as a Super 2 and could earn less than $1 million in 2014.

The Mets may opt to go deep into the offseason with both on the roster before making a trade. The logic: If teams find the cost very high on the limited amount of power bats available via free agency, the Mets' relatively inexpensive first-base options may become more attractive.