The Mets made Daniel Murphy available this past offseason but put a high price on the second baseman's services, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports, including asking the Orioles for top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy. Murphy has been working hard this spring to increase his value to the Mets, focusing on making more contact at the plate and reaching base more often (Murphy only had a .319 OBP last season). "On-base and slugging, this is what teams want," Murphy said. "This is what drives the offensive market now. They want you to be able to get on base, and when you do get base hits, they want them to be doubles. So I think that our game is heading in that direction. I think (the Mets are) probably a little bit farther, maybe out in front a little bit of the curve."
Here's some more from the Amazins' camp…
- "I'm not a mercenary," David Wright tells Bob Klapsich of the Bergen Record, as the Mets third baseman insisted that he has no regrets over staying with the team through their ongoing rebuilding process. "If my goal was to win right this second, then obviously, I would've been a free agent," Wright said. "To me, it was important to show loyalty to the Mets. I grew up rooting for them, they drafted me when I was 18, they're the only team I've ever played for." Klapisch, however, opines that the Mets haven't shown that same loyalty to Wright by not spending more to make the team competitive.
- The Mets' rebuild could be spurred by making trades rather than free agent signings, as Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that if the Mets are willing to expand their payroll, they have the minor league depth to acquire expensive star players from teams who are themselves looking to rebuild or unload salaries.
- After eight seasons in the minors, 31-year-old Anthony Seratelli is still looking for his first taste of the majors, and now the New Jersey native has a chance close to home after he signed a minor league deal with the Mets earlier this offseason. MLB.com's Anthony DiComo profiles Seratelli's career, his video-editing talents and how he is inspired to keep playing by the tragic losses of his father and grandmother.
“If my goal was to win right this second, then obviously, I would’ve been a free agent,” Wright said. “To me, it was more important to show loyalty to the Mets. I grew up rooting for them, they drafted me when I was 18, they’re the only team I’ve ever played for.” – See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/sports/Klapisch_Mets_rebirth_vital_for_David_Wright.html?c=y&page=1#sthash.2fJKHX8T.dpu
Daniel Murphy for Dylan Bundy? Lol
My exact thought.
A broken Dylan Bundy is worth more than that. Geez, talk about asking for the moon
You think Sandy Alderson doesn’t know Dylan Bundy is worth more than Daniel Murphy? Every GM should ask for more than what a player is worth, you may find another GM who is desperate/dumb enough to do it.
No you won’t.
I can’t even imagine this team offensively without murphy
“On-base and slugging, this is what teams want,” Murphy said.
No kidding — this is how it has always been, except maybe during the deadball days of the 1906 White Sox. Getting runners on base and advancing them with extra base hits have always been the two pillars of offense.
Of course, I think this is a lesson lost on some guys like, say, Jeff Francoeur, who once said, “If on-base percentage is so important, why don’t they put it on the scoreboard?”
Seratelli is the new Turner. He will play a lot with Collins here.
Doubt he’ll make the roster
That’s probably the mets bench this year
Puello and Flores could easily not make the roster and Duda may even be traded.
Seratelli plays (well can play) SS. None of those players you mentioned can.
Therefore, either he or Omar Quintanilla is your backup SS (unless of course the Mets sign Drew, pushing Tejada to the bench instead).
Sherman strikes again. Arguing in favor of trading their minor league talent in order to acquire expensive players from teams looking to unload salaries? That’s insanity. If they were willing to expand their payroll, they’d just sign more free agents without having to give up talent.
Not to mention that doing Sherman’s plan would be completely counter to everything Sandy has been doing since he became GM. Sandy’s plan has been to shed bloated contracts, stockpile young and cheaper players, and then eventually compliment the home-grown talent with free agent signings. Now Sherman wants to dump all the prospects for expensive retreads? Isn’t that what Steve Philips used to do?
You hit it right on the money. I love what Sandy Alderson is doing.
Reporters also some fans want the mets to spend money. Tell me who was out there other than Cano, Mccain.
Also i think Turmbo could have been obtained as long as they didn’t trade the three.
I wish we could post GIF’s of Orioles reaction to that offer…
Probably laughing so hard they were crying…
If that’s what they are asking for then I wouldn’t consider that as making Murphy available..
I can understand asking for more than you expect to receive in a trade and expecting the first response to drop down to a more reasonable level. But asking for a top 20 prospect in all of baseball is foolish. When you shoot way over the market value of a player in such a trade you run the risk of burning bridges and giving other teams the impression you’re not genuine about making deals. Not smart when your franchise needs an infusion of talent from beyond your minor league system.