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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