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The Mets offered 1B Ike Davis to the Orioles for LHP prospect Eduardo Rodriguez, but Baltimore declined (Encina, Dec. 31).

In talks for Davis, the Mets have been asking for top young pitching, such as Rodriguez, Pirates RHP Nick Kingham (Perrotto, Dec. 17), and Brewers RHP Tyler Thornburg (McCalvy, Dec. 1).

The Orioles and Brewers remain interested in Davis (Puma, Dec. 27). The Pirates had shown interest, but have since acquired 1B Chris McGuiness from the Rangers for RHP Miles Mikolas.

In early December, it was reported that the Brewers intended to move quickly to get a first baseman (Haudricourt, Dec. 12), but they have still not made an acquisition to fill that need.

The Mets clearly want a pitching prospect. From what I can gather, teams only seem willing to part with lower-tier, Double-A pitching. So, if I had to guess, I'd say the Brewers are still the best fit for Ike, but Milwaukee is probably waiting to see how the market ultimately settles. They'll then get a final read on Sandy Alderson's asking price, match that up with what Michael Young is looking for as a free agent (assuming he's still available) and then make a decision.

In the meantime, the Mets can wait and keep talking with the Orioles. There is no rush. They can always bring Ike to camp, see what's what and either keep him, deal him before the start of the season or cut him at the tune of $600,000, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

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