Late yesterday evening, it was reported that the Milwaukee Brewers would soon sign Mark Reynolds to a minor league contract in an effort to fill their void at first base. In doing so, the Brewers will acquire a 20 home run threat type of hitter and subsequently eliminate Milwaukee as a potential destination for Ike Davis.
Why would they do this you might ask? Well for starters they won't have to part with any young talent to get him. The Mets were asking for a promising young pitching prospect in return for Davis, who hasn't put up consistent power numbers that Reynolds has. Could Davis be a better hitter in 2014? Absolutely. Were the Brewers, or any other team for that matter, willing to place a large bet on Davis doing so? Not even close.
This basically puts the exclamation point on the Mets' unsuccessful attempts to sign Davis, who despite having plenty of potential is not a risk anyone wants to take. Therefore, he will almost certainly report to spring training next month where he will hope to reclaim the first base position.
The Mets on the other hand may hope for some bad fortune in other places, which might create a late market for Davis. Of course the team could chose to give him one final chance (which I believe to be the likely course of action), or ultimately cut him for roughly $600K. Although no resolution to this situation jumps off the page, the Mets appear to have no other option than to deal with Davis internally.