A focused Daniel Murphy

Murphy has suitors, but Mets may not be in rush to trade him

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.




349 comments
Bringback86
Bringback86

Why would they trade him u ask??? Good question. But lets not forget who owns this team

The sad part is when u have to trade a Daniel Murphy because he will make too much next year, u know your in trouble. This is NY for gosh sakes. If you have champagne taste and a beer pocket due to your poor judgements made w ur financial investments, do us all a BIG FAVOR-SELL THE TEAM...IM TIRED OF BEING IN A REBUILDING MODE ON A PERRENIAL BASIS. Sell the team and move your sleezy, incompetent, decetful butts to Bakersfielf where u can get away w running a team the way u run this one which happelns to be in the worlds largest media market on the worlds largest stage.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Explain this to me:  Murphy is our BEST HITTER. Our ONLY consistent hitter. Sure, he's not much of a fielder or base-runner but he is frequently our lone offensive threat. What could we possibly get for him that would make a difference? Package a young arm and lesser talent (perhaps Duda) for a genuine long-ball threat.

rico
rico

he's the kind of player everybody has been dying for the mets to trade for, a pro-hitter and a gamer.

why would they trade him?  Crazy-talk

Joseph Kajtazi
Joseph Kajtazi

Seeing how cheap the Wilpons are they probably will get rid of Murphy to save money.but I wouldn't trade him just to fill our other positions of need. You trade pitching for that

Dave Koffer
Dave Koffer

You DON'T, DO NOT trade Murphy under any circumstance, PERIOD and I really DON'T CARE who they could get for him!!!  MURPHY STAYS, PERIOD!!  The ONLY Mets who are absolutely untouchable are Murphy, Wright and Harvey, PERIOD!!

Steve Schaudel
Steve Schaudel

trade him, ive never been a real big fan of murph. He's a good player but theres always gonna be a better player.  And if a GM thinks highly of Murph and is willing to give up something good take it.  Maybe the blue jays, Lowrie just got hurt.  We've stolen a trade once maybe we can do it again

Anaranjado Comandante
Anaranjado Comandante

"may in rush". can matt be traded for a blogger to be named later? or maybe a bucket of practice balls?

Olerud42
Olerud42

If you can get a really top prospect for him, I say trade him. Otherwise, pass. 

Bringback86
Bringback86

Only the Mets, baseball's most inept, pathetic, incompetent ,organization whose offense is equally inept and pathetic, would trade their best hitter;  Murphy has been one of the very few bright spots on this "offensively challenged" team.  Leave it to this organization to even consider shipping him out of town.  Could there be a more ignorant contingent of owners in any sport than the Wilpon's?   M. Donald Grant looks more and more like Albert Einstein compared to these greedy, narcissistic swindlers.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

I'm watching this classic game from 2007 and find myself missing those teams.  Amazing how quickly things end...

Shawn R. Babcock
Shawn R. Babcock

Forget about "playing in NY," the Mets should not be in the business of moving young, established, high quality players who "play well for the Mets."

"Play well for the Mets" is golden.

sickofit
sickofit

It would be just like the Mets to trade their best player at the age of 29. What they should do is tie him up for the next four years. He gets better every year. He's a rarity in that he's a middle infielder who bats from the left side and hits lefties as well as righties. He's a gap hitter whose stroke serves him well in Citi Field and if they heeded Keith's suggestion they'd put him in the 3 hole where he would put up Hernandez like numbers.

Frank Accardi
Frank Accardi

Stop trying to trade Murphy trade Fred and Jeff it's about the money Murphy hits at city let's trade him

Just plain stupid

Chris Tricarico
Chris Tricarico

How about the Wilpons pay the man who suffered through these horrible years with us so we can see what he brings to the table surrounded by actual ball players. Imagine guys like Murphy, Wright, and Granderson had two or three other big league hitters surrounding them? How much better would they be? See the 2006 lineup as a reference. No holes.

elgiacomo
elgiacomo

I just love watching Murph hit.  He's pretty super-fantastic at it and by far my favorite Met to watch honing his craft.  Murph's a pretty brilliant hitter...he really is...I love watching him work.  I hope he stays here for many more years.

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

You can't decide if you should trade a player until you see what you can get back for him.If the Mets could get a solid SS who is a major upgrade defensivley and a slight downgrade Offensivley they would have to consider it.Do you want a MI of murphy\Tejada,or Flores and a new SS?Sometimes it's not about talent for talent but need for need.

Matt Cooper
Matt Cooper

Please dude its 3 months hes known to be inconsistent and hes already in the league 5+ yrs.

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

I love Murphy as a player. He is one of my all-time favorite Mets. With that being said, if someone meets Alderson's asking price - which I see as at least a ML-ready, power hitting 1B or corner OF - I would pull the trigger. There is no guarantee that he will be on this team after next season & being that he still has 1 arbitration year left, his trade value will never be higher than it is right now. On the other hand, I wouldn't just give him away for nothing. A package should include, as I said above, a ML-ready power hitter & a AA/AAA top of the rotation pitching prospect. Murphy is a nice hitter, but he doesn't have power, which the Mets need. If they can land a power bat for him & add another front-end pitching prospect, that would give the Mets more flexibility to add more needed pieces via trade by moving Gee, Niese, Montero, or Matz. The Mets aren't just 1 player away from contending, they are many players away, and moving Murphy allows the Mets to start adding those pieces to the team for a 2015 run, but more definitely a 2016 serious run.

queva
queva

Do not trade Murphy--end of story! Do not trade Niese or Gee--end of story. We once traded Ryan and Seaver and that caused set backs that lasted a long time!

Mark Gunn
Mark Gunn

He's the only one hitting. No way u trade him. His d is good, not great bit still.

Bill Donahue
Bill Donahue

Does this make sense. You're going to trade Murphy, so you can find someone who can hit like Murphy.

Robert C. Smith
Robert C. Smith

Can we PLEASE back up the truck? Finally? Start disassembling this team so its not perpetually in fourth place? Murphy would be better off as as 3B/DH in the AL, and the Mets could obtain some decent prospects for him. Murphy, to his credit, as moved around the diamond and done whatever the team has wanted him to do. However, his baseball IQ is a serious minus, and he'll always be a liability at second base. It doesn't matter if Murphy hits .320, because on a team like the Mets, his singles-and-double proclivity doesn't produce many runs.


Can the Mets get some one-position ballplayers who can actually play the positions they play? Please?

rico
rico

@Joseph Kajtazi they've already has several opportunities to trade him and they didn't so it's not about the cheap-factor

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@barbarossa Very true. People here are forgetting the money. This is a small market team, payroll wise now, and a small market team has to manage payroll. Murphy is a good bat but he's a negative defensive second baseman (just look at his numbers you can't argue it) who makes some "questionable" base running decisions. I'm not saying it's right but can a small market team cover a one dimensional player making 9M next year? 

Olerud42
Olerud42

@Bringback86 When your team is this bad, trading pieces and rebuilding often makes sense.

rico
rico

so could the defense of 90% of the elite hitters in the game. If they complete their game with great D then they are superstars.  trading murph will not net us a superstar so he should stay.

rico
rico

I think this was conjured rumor...

Olerud42
Olerud42

@elgiacomo Murph's a good hitter. He's not Cano, but he's good.

Olerud42
Olerud42

@Ed Yano Flores could be a significant downgrade from Murphy though. It's not clear this would really help the team in the present.

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

Are you seriously comparing Gee & Niese to Seaver & Ryan? The latter two are all-time greats; the former are nice mid-rotation pitchers on a team that needs serious offensive upgrades & has many pitching prospects, better than Niese & Gee, waiting in the wings. Trading Murphy, Niese, Colon & Gee gives the Mets flexibility to turn those 4 players into 7-8 players that can contribute to winning baseball in Queens for years to come.

Olerud42
Olerud42

Sure he's hitting, but we're still in last place, so how much does that matter?

Olerud42
Olerud42

@Bill Donahue The idea is to find someone 5 years younger who hits like Murphy for the next 5 years.

jenkins
jenkins

@Bill Donahue you don't want somebody who hits like Murphy, nor fields like him, nor makes bonehead plays like him. You want a power hitter who plays good defense and is a smart player. Who do you want to trade to get a power hitter back?

Peter Buell
Peter Buell

I couldn't have said it any better myself!

jenkins
jenkins

@Robert C. Smith you're exactly right. Murphy will never be the 2nd baseman on a championship team. 

jonlga
jonlga

Sure, let's acquire some more prospects

rico
rico

@Frank Accardi in hindsight it was a terrible trade but nobody knew he'd become jeff kent! Also everybody hated him, especially the fans so can't bitch about it now.  

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

Yes if the someone you get is a SS who hits like Murphy.