Are Mets Looking To Move Murphy?

The Mets want Daniel Murphy to learn to play multiple positions in part because it would increase his trade value, writes Brian Costa of the Star-Ledger.  A person familiar with the team's thinking told Costa that they will send the first baseman to Triple-A when he returns from a right knee sprain.  The demotion will give him an opportunity to learn other positions and take more at-bats than he would in the majors.

The 24-year-old Murphy has been unseated at first base by 23-year-old Ike Davis.  If Murphy can acclimate himself to left field and second base, he would become a more valuable asset whether he stays or goes elsewhere.

In his 204 games on the varsity squad, Murphy has hit .275/.331/.437.  His career UZR/150 at his preferred position is 8.6, while he posted a -9.0 in left field.  However, sample size should be taken into account as he played just 59 total games in left.


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18 Comments on "Are Mets Looking To Move Murphy?"


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alphakira
5 years 2 months ago

As a Mets fan I can happily say that we finally have a good problem to have – too many solid players at one position. Obviously Murph isn’t going to set the world on fire, but the guy has a solid bat and baseball knowledge and works his butt off trying to improve. I wouldn’t mind seeing him try out second.

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Infield Fly
5 years 2 months ago

Although Murph has done some good things at 1B, it is a position that doesn’t require much mobility. I don’t think he has the instincts or quickness required to handle 2B successfully. I think the Mets would do well to let him share some time with Ike at 1B, and [hopefully] build up his market value. The Mets don’t have a lot to offer in trade, so when a need arises, packaging him with what little else there is could help the team fill that need.

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sektorfire
5 years 2 months ago

I’d take Murphy at 2nd regardless of how badly he plays. Are you telling me you’d rather have Luis Castillo?? Like he’s a gold glove contender or something? Find a place for this kid, he’s a decent bat to have.

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bigpat
5 years 2 months ago

Murphy doesn’t have the bat to play at first base, he’ll have to play at second or be a utility type for the Mets or anyone else. He’s not going to get a ton of hits, but has some gap power, and that’s about it. He’s a fairly useful player, and that’s about it.

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withpower
5 years 2 months ago

I think his bat is pretty good. 12 HR 38 2Bs at 24? Mets should trade him if they don’t have a spot for him. Send him to a team that will just stick him at one of the corners and let him hit.