Brad R in PA, reader of MetsBlog:
If the Mets can find another second baseman, would it make sense to then move Daniel Murphy back to first base? He played pretty well there a few years back, and his bat is much more reliable than Ike Davis. It would eliminate much of the issue with Murphy’s range at second and would provide a more consistent threat in the lineup, assuming the replacement at second base can also hit. I know Davis has much more potential for power, but Murphy has some pop in his bat as well. I’d hate to see Ike go, because he’s a likable guy and has great potential; but, at some point, he needs to turn the corner and provide consistent production all throughout the year.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Yesterday on WFAN, Terry Collins said he expects Murphy to be his team’s starting second baseman next season. However, Collins did say he can see a scenario where Murphy plays first base and Eric Young Jr. plays second, though he made it seem like an unlikely solution. Young has played 52 games as a second baseman in the major leagues, but came up through the minors at that position, logging over 500 games there in the Rockies system.
Frankly, according to people familiar with the team’s thinking, there is a better chance Murphy gets traded than ends up as the everyday first baseman. Sure, let’s say they sign Robinson Cano, non-tender Davis and trade Lucas Duda, then Murphy could play first base. But, there is very little chance any of that happens…
It’s not that Sandy Alderson is dying to trade Murphy. It’s just, based on what I’m hearing, there may be a bigger market for Murphy this winter than there had been in the past. Plus, he’ll probably make around $4 million next year. So, if Alderson can swap Murphy out as part of a deal that brings in more power, and he thinks he can find a less expensive, but productive second baseman, I think he’d do it — at least based on what I’m hearing from team insiders.
Michael Baron, Contributor
I think they’d be better suited finding a new first baseman rather than moving Murphy there. Sure, Murphy can play the position, but he’s not an ideal candidate to be there everyday, a) because he’s right-handed, b)
he isn’t tall, c) he doesn’t provide much power, and, d) he has had his share of issues there in his previous stints. He’s finally found a home at second base, which is where he should stay. He is improving at the position and is at least serviceable based on defensive metrics. He isn’t great, but moving him again could create more uncertainty, something they really don’t need at the moment.