The Mets continue their quest to move Ike Davis and sources believe the team will do just that before they leave Orlando tomorrow. The two teams most interested in trading for Davis at the moment are the Rays and the Brewers but neither team has offered the Mets much other than salary relief. According to Adam McCalvy of mlb.com the Mets asked for SP Tyler Thornburg in a deal for Davis. “New York wants Tyler Thornburg, and sounded firm on it. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke just told reporters on Tuesday afternoon that he has Thornburg penciled in as Milwaukee’s fifth starter.” McCalvy said. McCalvy covers the Brewers on a daily basis and this would be a very good return for Davis.
Thornburg, 25, had a very strong year for the Brewers mainly out of their pen. Thornburg also made seven starts for the Brewers last year. He will be given the first crack at the 5th starters spot if he stays in Milwaukee but I think he will end up as a closer in someone’s bullpen. He has a very inconsistent changeup and simply doesn’t throw enough strikes.
Thornburg had a rough outing against the Mets on July 5th as a starter, coincidently in Ike Davis’ first game back from the minors. I don’t think they could acquire him but Thornburg would be a very good get for Sandy Alderson.