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SNY’s Toby Hyde and Robert Brender talk with Adam MacDonald – the voice of the St. Lucie Mets – and Lynn Worthy – B-Mets reporter for the Press and Sun Bulletin – about the promotions of Brandon Nimmo, Steven Matz, Dilson Herrera, Kevin Plawecki, Matt Reynolds, and more…

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The most encouraging signs from any playing position from our system: 2B.

1) Murphy has been our most consistent hitter, despite his still wobbly fielding & tacky decision making on the bases. He has turned himself into our most desirable trade chip, and would bring the highest return in any potential deal, esp. as we get closer to 7/31 and teams that can smell the POs get hungrier. All things equal, you keep Murph & build around him. However, things haven't been equal here for quite some time.

2) Matt Reynolds. This 2nd Round pick was tearing up AA, and flat hit his way up to AAA. No learning curve there, either. After 6-8 games, he's hitting .429 at Vegas, with some pop.

3) Dilson Herrera. Came over from PITT for Byrd, and joined the Draft Class from Hell as they tear through the system -- this is the group that's wrecked the NY-PENN, won a SAL title, tore the FSL a new one in the 1st half this spring, and is now re-invigorating a flagging Binghamton team. Herrera's become a major cog of that group & is hitting over .300 since the jump to AA, continuing on smoothly from his hot spring in A+.

4) Both Reynolds & Herrera can field the position. Murph can "hold his own," but that's not "fielding the position." If either 2) or 3) can hit remotely close to what Murph offers, replacing him at 2B becomes the no-brainer every GM covets: players who force a move, by their play on the field.

5) Either 2) or 3) would cost less & be under Met control for a longer period of time.

Moving Murph soon (either alone or in a package) allows a) a larger return in trade than anyone else on the 25-man roster could bring; b) a major defensive upgrade; c) better base-running; d) saving some Wilpon dollars to use on other positions; e) clearing the blockade on the one main position pathway that's truly clogged with talent.

6) At this point, the clear thought in the organization should be: Reynolds & Herrera, locked in a heated competition for the starting 2B job in Queens. How, when & what we get for Murphy, should all simply be logistical particulars.