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ICYMI: Latest Daniel Murphy trade rumors

In early July, assistant GM John Ricco said the Mets had yet to have trade talks about 2B Daniel Murphy (NY Times, July 3).

It was recently reported that the Blue Jays and Giants, among others teams, have interest in Murphy, according to columnist Andy Martino (Daily News, June 23).

Murphy, 29, is on pace to finish the season batting around .300 with a .350 OBP, 10-15 HR, 30-35 doubles, 65 RBI and 100 runs scored.

He is expected to earn around $9 million in 2015, after which he can become a free agent.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, based on his position, age and stats, Murphy is likely due a four- or five-year contract extension worth around $12 million per season (MLBTR, June 26).



The Mets were reportedly open to trading Murphy this past off season, but the asking price was ‘substantial,’ according to people who checked in on him (Rubin, Dec. 11).

For instance, in December, the Mets talked to Houston about a deal involving Murphy, but it never panned out, according to a leaked document used for internal communication by Houston’s front office (Deadspin, June 30). Similarly, the Orioles had interest (Sherman, Dec. 9), but the Mets asked for top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy, among other players, which Baltimore quickly turned down (MLB Network Radio, Dec. 11).




184 comments
Eric Ohlson
Eric Ohlson

Murphy at best is just a average defensively, I give him much credit for working hard but he 's a bit too mechanical around the bag. That said, I'd be happy with him if they just got a better SS.

Rob Rader
Rob Rader

If they trade murphy, the team batting average would drop about 20 points.

The Third Lantern
The Third Lantern

Trade Murphy, Wright, Colon and even Tejada, if you can get something back. This team isn't going to dominate any time soon. Note I didn't use the word "contend", because that's the ambiguous term of losers. I don't want the Mets in the hunt, I want them DOMINATING.

Christian Pezzuti
Christian Pezzuti

LOL @ something great. I like Murphy, too. But let's be real here. You have a 2B who can hit a little and can barely field his position. What do you think you're going to get for that?

Dave Koffer
Dave Koffer

If the Mutts trade Murphy, then I'm DONE with them......You don't trade away your best player who is also the ONLY one who made the All-Star team, PERIOD!!!!

semperfi
semperfi

I like Murphy but he has much more value for AL teams where he can DH and play 1B,2B and 3B which with Wright will never happen and does not provide enough power to be everyday 1B, he is a defensive liability at 2B for the long haul and if this is the only position he can play for the Mets they should trade him now why his value is at its highest, Herrera is a year away but Reynolds can be brought up now to replace him. Strong defense up the middle with great pitching is the foundation of a winning team, Murphy will never provide good D at 2B and it would be hard to justify paying him $10 mil+ per year on long term deal

eric88
eric88

You can't say don't trade him until you know the return in a deal, but if they do trade him, it better be REAL good.

Scrubs
Scrubs

Let's trade from our strength (pitching) and not create another hole in the infield. UNLESS it's Tulo.

Jim Murphy
Jim Murphy

Is Matt Cerrone so desperate for material that he recirculates a story that was on here  2 weeks ago? There is absolutely nothng of substance in this blurb that wasn't on this site in late June.

I will say it again, if they trade Murphy, my 51 year allegiance to this franchise is over. Why even talk about this? I know why! The Wilpons can't afford to pay him! Trade the Wilpons instead

mets63
mets63

Give Campbell,Kirk,Murphy,to Yankees and watch them win it all.TC dont know how to use them.Nightmares

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

The Reds are only one game out of the Wild Card race. With Brandon Phillips going down, I took a look for their SS prospects as possible trade material. They have NO shortstop prospects in their top 20.

Aidan Maslow
Aidan Maslow

They better not trade him! We need his bat in the lineup if we hope to contend next year!


baseballnblues
baseballnblues

Instead of trading Murphy, trade for more players like him so the Mets can begin to win. He is exactly the type of hitter who can thrive in this ridiculous stadium we have been subjected to. Why trade him? His defense is fine, so don't go there. He could work on his base running some, but who cares...he hits. This is another non-news story anyway.  

jamets
jamets

Reds need a 2B now.  Phillips out 8-12 weeks.  I think the Mets would rather hold onto him until the offseason, but if a couple of teams want to get into a bidding war for him, the offers might get to be too good to pass up.

Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

If Murphy gets traded prior to the All Star game does that mean that the Mets get another representative? Who in God's name would that be?

James
James

This is exactly the same non-news as the first three times this was posted, or more.

Bob Giacalone
Bob Giacalone

How many times are you going to post the same story?  There's NOTHING new here. Given how screwed up this team is, I'd think you post something new.


dagr33k
dagr33k

Why trade Murphy when he is the only met who hits consistently. This makes no sense. Why not build around Murphy, Wright, D'anaurd and all the young pitching that is coming up. How about trading or signing an outfielder or ss or 1st basemen that can give you power instead of getting rid of your good players. Then maybe we might have a shot at making the playoffs in a year or two.

Barry Osborn
Barry Osborn

we finally get a consistently productive hitting second baseman, which is rare in baseball, and the mets want to freaking trade him? are you serious? you might as well trade david wright while your at it and start a full rebuild again. this organization is a disgrace. trade prospects if you want more talent, not a guy that fits citi field very well and can play here for years to come. this team could easily make the playoffs next year/2016 if the Wilpons stop being so cheap and spend some money already!!!!

Gerard McGinnis
Gerard McGinnis

You have told us nothing that we did not know. Lat week Sandy said when asked about Murphy "We have the money to sign Murphy" So which way is it?

metzsuc
metzsuc

why post this? typical retread

Doubleday
Doubleday

I could actually see Murphy on the Giants.

ctmetsfan
ctmetsfan

Anyone hear anything about Parnell? Mejia has plenty of talent and should be good but right now he scares me. 

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

If Murph does go I could see Flores hitting .260 with 15 plus hrs and 70-75 rbis...Mazzilli type stats... but not the .300 avg

Eric Ohlson
Eric Ohlson

If you keep Murphy, you'd better get a shortstop who plays better defense. Right now both are mediocre at best and if you hope to compete that must improve.

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

@Jim Murphy I wouldn't say I'd end my allegiance to the franchise over Murphy but I agree that it would be down right stupid to trade him away.


I think you said it well though, there is no substance to this post.  Over course teams are going to ask about Murphy, he is having a great year, the Mets are not, so naturally teams will inquire about him.  That is as far as the Mets go with trading him though, the media on the other hand I'm sure will try to stir up something for a headline.

Eric Ohlson
Eric Ohlson

Anyone who knows baseball admits his defense is average at best. Not saying he's terrible but if we keep him please get a better defensive SS.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

@jamets And with our luck Sandy would trade him for A 30 yr old AAA closer like Jumbo Diaz 6'4 315lbs....LOL

Francisco Cano
Francisco Cano

@Barry Osborn don't panic he will not be traded. You are right finally we got someone that can hit at Cityfield. 


jamets
jamets

@Doubleday  He had a terrible series when the Mets were in SF - baserunning mistakes, boneheaded plays in the field - I'm afraid he may have killed any chance Sandy had to get a good return for him.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

I totally forgot about him. If they all are on the roster next season Parnell, mejia, familia, and black give us a pretty solid bullpen.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@ctmetsfan I'm guessing you won't hear much about Parnell for a while. Since he had the surgery in March he's still a few months away from throwing I believe so guessing you won't hear much until he's about to start throwing again 

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@ctmetsfan Mejia is about as good as you can hope for in the closer role. there really arent more than 2 or 3 guys in the closer role that woudnt "scare me". 

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

@ctmetsfan I think Vic Black has the stuff just needs better command.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@Albert E Lewis  Flores is 22. He has hit at every level. He has not played up here on any consistent basis to know what he can or can't do. The Mets have basically screwed around with this guy for the last two years. You can't gauge a player until he has 1000 at bats. So what I am saying is, you have no clue as to what he will become. Did you think Carlos Gomez was going to become a .300 20 homer guy?

jamets
jamets

@Albert E Lewis  Flores has to hit .300, or close to it, or he is going to be a net negative.  As a .260 hitter with  no walks, no D, and no speed... yuck.

jenkins
jenkins

@Doubleday Giants want a SP too. If they want to get Murph and a Gee,e.g.- they'd have to give us Belt and more. I don't think they'd do that

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

@jamets @Doubleday  Please stop. Please... it's just so wrong. One or two bonehead games do not shape a career. He is flat out the best fit for Citifield this team has.

jamets
jamets

@Tom Gallagher  I'd put Edgin in that group, too. But you know at least 1 of them will need TJ surgery - that's just the way it goes.

jenkins
jenkins

@Jayson Love @Albert E Lewis I think a lot of Mets fans overlook how bad Murphy is defensively because they love his bat. But if the Mets start playing pressure games and they need a good play at 2B, ALL Mets  fans will be holding their breath.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Jayson Love @Albert E Lewis I actually think at 2B Flores would be a little better defensively. I remember seeing him play the position before, and if nothing else he looked A LOT more comfortable than Muph on making the turn for the double play (not that that's saying much).

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@jenkins @Jayson Love @Albert E Lewis I dont think Mets fans overlook it, Murphy's bat is good enough to the point where you have to get him in the lineup, it's a question of where he hurts you the least in the field

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@Eddie_Dean @Jayson Love @Albert E Lewis the problem i see with both of them in the field is baseball IQ, they both dont have much of it, but if you get elite offense from second base, you can live with substandard defense which is what Murph brings and what Fores is capable of

jenkins
jenkins

@Jayson Love @jenkins @Albert E Lewis if you read this blog-a lot of them do. But 2B is not a good place to hide a bad fielder. That's why they tried him at OF first. That...um...didn't work.  Winning teams are strong up the middle defensively. 


Personally I 'd play Murphy at his best position-1B, if I wanted to keep him.

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@jenkins @Jayson Love @Albert E Lewis Yeah OF may be a landing spot for Murph, i know he struggled there, but now you have an elite CF defender who can mask lack of range in left if say Grandy, who is above average in RF stays there.  You do want to be strong up the middle I agree, and Murph is actually ok at 1b, but his bat goes from "elite 2b" to average at first so you really cant put him there. 

jenkins
jenkins

@Jayson Love @jenkins @Albert E Lewis I'd still do it and trade Duda, but he won't fetch as much as Murph.


The problem with Murph in the OF was he couldn't catch a fly ball. He's even worse than EY or Willingham, who had been the worst I'd seen.

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@jenkins @Jayson Love @Albert E Lewis EY isnt that bad, at least he has speed to get to most balls.  God ya wilingham was bad and yes murph couldnt catch the ball but remember, he was a rookie, 22 years old, and probably nervous to be in the majors.  Murph's bat is good enough for 2b, but at 1b, he just doesnt put up the power numbers you need at 1b and also isnt the target Duda is. 

jenkins
jenkins

@Jayson Love @jenkins @Albert E Lewis Murphy is a DH. He's not very good at any position. That's why I'd trade him to the AL, where he would have optimum value and could hit well for 10 more years.


EY has always been a 2B to me. They way he circles balls in the OF makes me dizzy.  :-)