« Dodgers Release Rudy Seanez | Main | 2008 MVP Predictions »

Who Wants Matt Murton?

26 year-old Cubs outfielder Matt Murton is very much available now that they've signed Reed Johnson.  PECOTA gives Murton a .295/.359/.462 projection for '08; ZiPS says .289/.360/.465.  Here are the league averages from 2007:

AL left fielder: .275/.335/.426
NL left fielder: .278/.358/.478

AL right fielder: .288/.359/.465
NL right fielder: .275/.344/.442

These numbers are presented in the form of batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage.  You can see that Murton is comfortably in the league average offensive range for a corner outfielder.  He'll be arbitration-eligible for the first time after this season.  Let's look at some trade possibilities.  (As for what the Cubs would want in return - I'll guess a lefty reliever or just a prospect or two).

  • Rays - DRays Bay suggests Murton could help in right field, not a bad idea.
  • Padres - The Justin Huber acquisition makes this less likely.
  • Rangers - They rejected a Murton for Marlon Byrd proposal, and now the Cubs don't need Byrd.
  • Orioles - He was connected to them until they acquired Luke Scott and Adam Jones to fill out their outfield.
  • Red Sox - The Cubs no longer have a need for Coco Crisp, even if the Sox had mild interest in re-acquiring The Big Murt.  Murton wouldn't start in Boston anyway.  Still, Buster Olney says there's still some chatter that the Red Sox will go after him.
  • Athletics - Some folks think Billy Beane will pluck Murton simply because he's underrated.  The A's don't seem to have any kind of opening for him.
  • Braves - Murton doesn't project as much of an upgrade over Matt Diaz.
  • Mets - Could make sense for a team thinking about running Fernando Tatis out in left.  Longer-term, Murton could be an oft-used fourth outfielder, spelling Moises Alou and Ryan Church.
  • Giants - Would be a nice low-pressure place to see what Murton can do, but they're already loaded with outfielders.
  • What are your thoughts on a good fit for Murton?


TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d834515b9a69e200e55178f4018833

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Who Wants Matt Murton?:







Lijit Search




Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner







NAVIGATION

Site Map
Archives
Feeds by Team

MLBTR INFO

Advertise
About
Commenting Policy
Privacy Policy

CONNECT

Contact Us
Widget
Twitter
Facebook
Rss Feed


MLB Trade Rumors is a partner of FanVsFan. MLB Trade Rumors is not affiliated with Major League Baseball, MLB or MLB.com.