Promptly after the Hart new broke, the following reports began to surface that Davis' top two remaining suitors, the Milwaukee Brewers and Tampa Bay Rays would look at other options before settling for the Mets first baseman.
Corey Hart to #Mariners, per @JonHeymanCBS. Leaves #Brewers in play for #Mets' Ike Davis. Had heard this morning Logan Morrrison top choice.
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) December 11, 2013
The #Brewers, who would have given base salary and incentives worth about $8 million to Hart, now turning focus to James LoneyThis is bad news and likely the direct result of the Mets requiring the moon in exchange for Davis. Metsmerized Online recently reported that the Brewers started looking elsewhere because the Mets are demanding Tyler Thornburg, who stands to be their fifth starter next year.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 11, 2013
As is always the case, the situation is fluid. Things changed, but the Mets need something to fall their way if they hope to unload Davis for a respectable return.