Davis has been linked to talks with the Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, and Baltimore Orioles at times this winter. Talks with the Brewers and Orioles appeared to be heating up at times, but New York’s reported insistence on a top pitching prospect from each team put an end to those discussions.
Rubin does acknowledge that bringing Davis to Spring Training doesn’t necessarily mean that the team won’t end up moving him. Once teams begin preparing for the season new needs and openings could become available, potentially leaving a team more willing to make a deal for the 26 year old. Should he stick with the Mets he’s expected to see most of the playing time at first base, barring a situation where he’s just simply outplayed by Lucas Duda in the spring.
Davis hit .205/.326/.334 in 377 PA this past season, adding just 14 doubles and 9 HR in what proved to be a largely disappointing year.