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Daniel Murphy comments on trade rumors

Daniel Murphy expects to be on the Mets next season, which is exactly where he wants to be, he told reporters while playing Santa at the team’s annual kid’s holiday party.

The Mets have been reportedly listening to offers for Murphy, but their asking price is “substantial,” according to people who have checked in on him (Rubin, Dec. 11).

“I want to be in New York,” Murphy said (Rubin, Dec. 17). “We’ve struggled the last couple of years, and I also feel like hopefully my best baseball is ahead of me. … I think I’ll be here. … I want to be here. I think this organization is headed in the right direction, and I really want to be a part of it.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

It’s simple, the Mets are smart to listen and they’re smart to ask for the moon. If trading Murphy helped the Mets get better, they would pull the trigger. However, if the pitches were low, and the Mets are better with Murphy, they’ll keep Murphy. This should be the case for every player, I don’t care who it is. There is no evidence the Mets went in to the offseason hellbent on trading Murphy. But, there’s no harm in listening to offers…




139 comments
metfan8669
metfan8669

I love Murphy.  I would be upset if they got rid of him.  No joke he was a reason to watch IMO.  Sure Harvey, and Wheeler, and the SP's in general are the draw, and rightfully so.

But no joke, I would say to people, watch Murphy will get a hit here.  They would laugh, and then he would get a hit.  They would be dumb founded, as most people don't know him very well.

As one of my favorite Mets, by far, he also led my fantasy team to the Championship game.

SO, for various reasons I would hate to see them move him.

It is true, that if they get some great value then you have to consider it. HOWEVER, is it easy to find 2B that can hit line drives, and is a strong gap hitter? And at his price?  Nope!

Let's Go Muph!!  And pick a song with bagpipes when hitting next year.  Paddy Power!

rustystaub
rustystaub

I would give Murph the 3 hole against righties that Wright has not done well against in his career and if Wright does not improve against in 2014 despite Granderson's protection...



rustystaub
rustystaub

World Series ratings way down since 1980s, NFL is #1... For a long time...


Yankee latest free agent spree, reload! - has no place in improving popularity, salary cap, succeeding North American professional sports....


Baseball salaries will continue to artificially escalate judt because if the Yankees ...

If Yankees never resigned ARod maybe Cano would still be a Yankee and never had asked for a similiar contract?



But is Boros and Yankees in tandem, starting with refusal to adhere to draft slotting and top prospects represented by Boros falling to Yankees fir they know they will not sign at their slot?



Brian Cashman, can he be a GM outside of NYY, Boston, LAD and LAA?


This reload! Is just disgusting!


Not a light year close to how GMs grew teams after the amateur draft was instituted in the 1960s up to The first free agency in the late 1970s.



Bsaseball up to the draft had no Free Agency obviously but rich market teams outbid all to sign the amateurs...



Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

My Menngg Murphy wants to stay in New York! He's a New Yorker. Loud Mouths "My Guy" for a big 2014 season if he stays as a Met.

Vahid Bacchus
Vahid Bacchus

Dan has been here through the losing years hopefully he'll be here when they're winning.

Oliver Reid
Oliver Reid

Must be kept, a clubhouse guy would be a waste. A solid hitter, good production, can always get better but won't get worse.

dexx
dexx

Murphy crushed the ball on the road last year too.  I bet Murphy puts together his best season this year at age 29

dexx
dexx

If Murphy played 3B, which is his natual position, he would average to above average defensively.  With those offensive #s, he would be worth 3.5-4.5 WAR. He had an fWAR last year of 3.1  Hes good, so get off his back and worry about moving Ike so we can sign Drew & win the WC

Andrew Herbst
Andrew Herbst

If we wind up keeping Murph, then we can put him in the 2 hole.

hillsideav
hillsideav

Personally, I would love to have a line-up where we could have the luxury of having Murph bat 6th or 7th. His talents at the plate would be put to much better use....But without any lead-off hitter, or a high OBP option for the 2 hole, well, he'll back hitting second.

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

286 avg, 92 runs, 13 homers, 78 rbis, 23 sbs, 38 doubles, 4 triples in a pitchers ballpark surrounded by bums all year at the second basemen position, thats really all i have to say.


Besides cano name a better offensive second basemen in the game that you rather have rite now? please dont say brandon philips he batting 4th behind votto in a hitter ballpark, murphy would have 18 homers and 100 rbis too last yr in that ball park batting behind votto 


78 rbis, batting second most of the year w no leadoff batter, guys please can u wake up.

nym4lyfe
nym4lyfe

Mets need to make 2 more moves: Find a SS who can leadoff and look for another big bat that plays 1B/OF/C that can slot in between Wright and Grandy or bat 5th behind them.
I wouldn't recommend trading Murph he's a valuable bat hitting 2nd.

30yrmetfan
30yrmetfan

Ugh I'm over murph one of the least athletic players I've ever seen

davklotz
davklotz

Mets fans need to acknowledge that we have 3 top offensive players in Murphy, Wright and Granderson (Murphy is 5th best MLB 1B) and that the Mets are not nearly as far away as they are perceived to be. One more hitter like those three and a competent OF/SS will put us right in the WC discussion. We have enough pitching to take us to the playoffs without Harvey. Other teams in the NL East willl be cowering in fear heading into 2015 with rotation depth of Harvey, Colon, Gee, Wheeler, Montero, Syndergaard, Mejia, DeGrom and Niese.

hillsideav
hillsideav

@Andrew Herbst Not ideal for a low OBP guy who never walks. Especially when there isn't anyone fitting the lead-off description in front of him. But I suspect that's where he'll be.

MMIAA
MMIAA

@Mike Dell Italia this entire pitchers ballpark is pure BS. What does that have to do with hitting .286? Please explain.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Mike Dell Italia 74 wins as a team.  It needs to be about making the Mets better whether Murphy is here or they get in some pieces in a trade for Murphy.  Whichever makes the Mets a better team is what they need to do.  You can't look at his stats in a vacuum and say that's the best option for the Mets.

niesesnose
niesesnose

I honestly think a trade where the DBacks get Montero+a Tapia type for Chris Owings seems likely. What you have to remember is Gee gives up a lotta home runs and might not be as effective at Chase Field.

mrdickey
mrdickey

@30yrmetfan 

Yes and despite that still managed to put up pretty solid offensive numbers while stealing 23 bases in 26 attempts.

Murphy is a guy fans love to target, but they have two elephants in the room at two important positions, SS and 1B.


Tejada and Ike need to get the boot long before Murphy. Murphy is at least useful.

 

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

@30yrmetfan  286 avg, 92 runs, 13 homers, 78 rbis, 23 sbs, 38 doubles, 4 triples in a pitchers ballpark surrounded by bums all year at the second basemen position

niesesnose
niesesnose

On a team that is as bad offensively as we were last year, you can't really dismiss a .290 hitter on the grounds of being unathletic

niesesnose
niesesnose

I wouldn't call them "top hitters" but more above average to very good. If this team acquires a new SS, a bullpen arm and a SP on a minor league deal (depth) then I think this team could be playing meaningful games in August

dexx
dexx

@MMIAA @Mike Dell Italia Because 5 flyball outs that would be HRs in other parks affects batting average, OBP & Slg%  Did u really need that to be explained to you?

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

@bcleveland @Mike Dell Italia altuve nah man i dont think so, i said besides cano, so u really only names me 4 guys u rather have, so there u go, u dont trade this guy to fill another need, bc now you have a hole at second base, jus sign drew and morales

nym4lyfe
nym4lyfe

@bcleveland @Mike Dell Italia He still has time to improve his Defense.

nym4lyfe
nym4lyfe

@mets2014@nym4lyfelol it's 2 players I'm just diagnosing what this team needs. To answer your question though, trading Davis frees up 4Mil and I'm pretty sure they still have some left to spend. Trade for 1, sign 1.

niesesnose
niesesnose

Chris Owings plays SS and can bat leadoff that's solve a problem through trade. I don't think they'll get another position player but a reliever and a starter on a minor league deal for depth.

metfan8669
metfan8669

@mrdickey @30yrmetfan And while d'Arnoud has upside, remember he hasn't proven much yet and Toronto moved him pretty easily too.  C is as much a question as 1B.

niesesnose
niesesnose

God Josh Thole was sooooo bad. Although I remember after 2010, people here were comping him to Joe Mauer (Contact wise)

davklotz
davklotz

@niesesnoseyeah well Wright and Murphy are top hitter, Wright in the MLB and Murphy at his position. Granderson is a very good hitter.

metfan8669
metfan8669

@Andrew Herbst @hillsideav - I disagree, I love him in the 2 spot.  Contact hitter, can drive the ball.  The Mets need to get him 600 AB's next year.   Put all the strike out guys at the bottom of the lineup.

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

@bcleveland @Mike Dell Italia also my point is why create a hole to fill a hole, you keep murphy and use other pieces to fill those holes.  We have a glut of young startin pitchers that you can package with a davis and a flores that can net u ss or u can sign drew.

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

@bcleveland @Mike Dell Italia i dont think murphy is as bad  defensively as your makin him out to be.  Honest hes turned him into an average second basemen defensively and if we improve the shortstop position it wont be as bad.  to say hes really bad defensively is nonsense, you obv dont watch Mets games. 

nym4lyfe
nym4lyfe

@bcleveland@nym4lyfe@Mike Dell ItaliaIt's fair to expect his defense to at least go back to 2011 levels. If he can do that and have a bit better season at the plate than he had last year I'll take it.

nym4lyfe
nym4lyfe

@mets2014@nym4lyfe Drew is likely to expensive because another big bat is more important and it will be hard to pay Drew 12Mil and then find a big bat for 12-15M as well. I didn't say we have to sign a big bat for 4M, I said that trading Davis frees up 4M to use.

mets2014
mets2014

@nym4lyfe@mets2014 I hear you, but where are they going to find a "big" bat for $4M annually? As far getting a ss via trade, they would probably have to give up a young arm, which alderson said he wouldn't do...if they get say drew, they would have to trade away murphy...they are dealing with a lot of moving parts

niesesnose
niesesnose

Idk, Brian Schneider/Omir Santos wasn't much better

nym4lyfe
nym4lyfe

@niesesnose Thole/Nickeas imo was the worst catching tandem to ever play in MLB. I still can't believe Sandy flipped them for Buck, Syndergaard, D'Arnaud and Buccera (forgot the guys name)

niesesnose
niesesnose

I wouldn't call Granderson a good average hitter (I think he'll hit .250-260) but he brings very good power to the equation

niesesnose
niesesnose

Agreed, he absolutely is, while Murph is above average and Granderson, while not bringing high average, brings good power