The Mets may have several teams interested in 2B Daniel Murphy, including the Blue Jays and Giants, in the event they look to trade him this summer, league sources told columnist Andy Martino (Daily News, June 23).
Murphy is again arbitration eligible in 2015, when he’s expected to earn around $9 million, after which he can become a free agent.
However, as Martino notes, the Mets are not in a rush to deal Murphy since they don’t consider themselves “sellers,” at this point in the season.
That said, the Mets reportedly fielded offers for Murphy during this past offseason, but no team met their steep asking price. This time around, the Mets feel interested teams would be willing to “give up something in July,” he says.
“Look, we have a real appreciation for Dan Murphy,” Sandy Alderson told a select group of season ticket holders at Citi Field last week. “There’s no question – in terms of this ballpark – he’s been a plus. You know, we talk about it all the time, we’re looking for players that are willing to play in New York or can play in New York. He hits in New York. He hits in this ballpark.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
My hunch is the Mets will not trade him, even though he’s going to get a slight bump in pay next year, after which he can be a free agent. For starters, he’s the only guy they have who hits at home and on the road. Also, if they trade him, they need to find a second baseman. So, the net result of any deal will likely work against the Mets. Still, in the end, he’s worth more to the Mets than what they’ll be offered. That was evident last winter, when they talked with teams about his value, and I bet it’s the same this summer and winter. In other words, until the Mets have a legit option to replace Murphy (and all that be brings to the team), I can’t see them moving him any time soon >> Read more about possible deals for Jon Niese, Dillon Gee and Bartolo Colon from June 19.