(WNFL) - The Milwaukee Brewers made progress yesterday in finding a new first baseman, as Baseball's Winter Meetings ended near Orlando. Brewers' G-M Doug Melvin met with the New York Mets about obtaining Ike Davis -- either as a free-agent signing, or in a trade. There was talk that the Mets were interested in getting Brewers' right-hander Tyler Thornburg, but Milwaukee plans to keep Thornburg as a possible fifth starter next year. Melvin said the talks would continue, and a final decision could come in the next couple days. The 26-year-old Davis only hit .205 this year in 103 games after pounding 32 homers the year before. At this point, Melvin says he's not overly worried about bringing in a quality player to replace Corey Hart -- who left the Brewers this week to join the Seattle Mariners as a free agent. The G-M said it's quote, "unfortunate that the availability is not as great as what you'd like it to be." Milwaukee is still interested in Dodgers' first baseman James Loney. Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh are also said to be interested in what could be an expensive multi-year deal.
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