Daniel Murphy 12 (Baron)

Mets open to trading Murphy, may not find a taker

The Mets are very willing to trade 2B Daniel Murphy this week at the Winter Meetings, someone told a rival GM in Orlando (Martino, Dec. 8). They had preliminary talks with interested teams during the GM Meetings in November (Rubin, Nov. 14).

There was a report Tuesday that the Orioles had interest (Sherman, Dec. 9). However, follow-reports indicated Baltimore’s interest in Murphy was very overstated (DuquetteMartino, Dec. 9).

Nevertheless, while there’s skepticism they’ll find a taker (Martino, Dec. 9), the Mets are still pushing very hard to deal Murphy (Passan, Dec. 9), who is drawing interest from teams that see him at second, third or as a super-utility guy (Rosenthal, Nov. 14).

According to people familiar with the market, Murphy may only be worth a mid-rotation starting pitcher (Cerrone, Dec. 9), even though the Dodgers, Yankees, Tigers, Royals and Orioles are all reportedly looking to acquire a second baseman this winter (Heyman, Nov. 6).




376 comments
Renee Dutcher
Renee Dutcher

Keep him, let him bat 2nd with David Wright and Granderson behind him. Sounds good to me!

Mario Adams
Mario Adams

Wow....makes tons of sense. Trade one of your few consistent hitters and keep a 1st baseman who Collins had in the cleanup spot batting less than .120. Excellent logic.

Sean Fitzgerald
Sean Fitzgerald

There is no market for him right now so I dont want to give him away for nothing. Murph is a .280 hitter, 12-15 homers, 80 rbis and 170 hits. Please tell me where they will get that production in a trade?

Derek Cernak
Derek Cernak

one of the most underrated players in baseball... maybe someone else will appreciate him like he deserves...

metsab
metsab

They have much bigger fish to fry then trying to deal Murphy. I don't love him as a second basemen, but the guy can hit the ball. If they get rid of him, who's going to make up for his 188 hits from last year? Not to mention 13HRs & 88 RBIs on a team with no real protection. He would fit in real nice with the addition of Grandy and whoever else they may get.

Tom Leahy
Tom Leahy

Keep Murphy. move him to first and dump Ike davis

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

They must think Murphy is the only piece they can use for leverage...

dooley
dooley

Maybe a component of lack of trade interest in our players (other than talent which is thoroughly being debated) is that teams are more hesitant in dealing with Alderson?

Alex Genao
Alex Genao

I wonder who's going to replace a .280 - .300 hitter who can hit 200+ hits a season? Seriously

rico
rico

"open to trading Murphy" doesn't mean they are trying to dump him. I think the mets think he has great value out there, 

really good player, solid citizen, and for 5 million a great buy…


Murphy is a valuable trade chip and the Mets are trying to make some trades. I wouldn't take this as the mets are trying to get rid of him

Alexander Flores
Alexander Flores

If it's about his projected salary arbitration then y did they sign chris young

arc34
arc34

This site is patrolled by Mets FO....so no interest in Murphy, huh?  Cut him then....play Tejada  and see him hit .230, or EY with his small OBP and erratic 2B play,  or Flores, whom will make Murphy look like a gold glover....go ahead Mets, dump the only mlb bat you have that had a complete and productive 2013....and you wonder why we have not won a world championship in 27 years. 

A Pocono View_
A Pocono View_

The Nets front office doesn't think Murph fits in w/ their offensive approach? That worries me bec'se Murph had one of the higher batting averages and obp..T

eric88
eric88

In the Blog it says Mets "still pushing hard to trade Murphy". That says it all, a dump. He has to go with Ike to offset Grandersen.

Richard
Richard

Interest in Murphy is not there, teams are asking about Murphy. What is true and what is not?


And what's wrong with being able to get a mid rotation starter for him?


If they can really get that no wonder he is on the block!

eric88
eric88

Mets open to trading Murphy is untrue. It's Mets MUST trade Murphy. He is a victim of the Mets curse. He makes to much now and has to go.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

I love Murphy, but we're going to have to give something up to get something of value and as unpopular as it is to say here, I like Eric Young Jr. at 2nd base. Murphy's BA, HR, and SB were all great for a 2nd baseman last year, but his OBP could have been higher. EYJ's OBP wasn't great either, and hasn't been great since becoming a major leaguer but it improved when he came to the Mets (in his time with the Mets it was 1 point below Murphy's last year). There is a chance, given his track record in the minors and more work with Hudgens, that will improve. That would make him a solid lead off hitter (and don't forget, he did lead the NL in steals last year). Should we trade Murphy for a bucket of balls and some cash? No. But IMO if we can get something of value for him in the OF, 1B, or SS either straight up or as part of a package we should do it.  

Charlie Rode
Charlie Rode

Trading Daniel Murphy, a guy who is a great clubhouse guy, but besides that.. is a very good player. A guy who plays a very solid 2B, puts up very good numbers for the position and is under team control for this year and next, why would the Mets want to trade him? It's just mind boggling how this front office thinks. Murphy should not even be a discussion. you have 2 guys for one spot at 1B, worry about moving one or both of them in deals that net you either a SS or a LF. 2B is one of the few positions the Mets had locked up the day the season ended, focus on the parts you need help on.

Joseph Robert Teifer
Joseph Robert Teifer

funny.... do you watch baseball or are you just a hater? playing in a weak lineup in a big park he is almost always top 10 avg top 20 obp and top 15 slug for all seconds .... even if he isnt a great fielder his hitting would still have him starting for around half of the league

Joseph Robert Teifer
Joseph Robert Teifer

my guess? they want to trade for Weeks and set the rec for most amount of Ks

Joseph Robert Teifer
Joseph Robert Teifer

oh yeah? because they want to trade for Weeks and set the MLB rec for most amount of Ks by a lineup

John Schwarzkopf Jr.
John Schwarzkopf Jr.

The way I see it !!! He was one of the veterans on this team, now that they have Curtis all they want to keep is two Veterans, the rest Minor league material, they know he will be looking for his money next year, and they don't intend to pay him, so their going to lose him next year for nothing, Do Not Let this Team Organization and upper management fool you

Philip Kossoy
Philip Kossoy

Philip Kossoy here..Daniel Murphy is vital to this team, not only with his bat but with his hustle and how he motivates the others around him with his enthusiasm and positive attitude.  Those are called intangibles!  Since there's no statistic for it, it is something that is not part of Money ball and unfortunately we have become just another small player in the baseball world.  I understand that we are not winning the World Series in 2014, but with all the young stars coming up and the return of Harvey in 2015, I will be very disappointing if our cheapo owners don't pony up 150 Million in payroll for 2015 and go for the brass ring! 

Billy Dressler
Billy Dressler

KEEP MURPHY GOD DAMMIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAKE THE F*K UP ALDERSON !!!!!!!!!!!!  THEY BETTER NOT TRADE HIM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Susan Keiser
Susan Keiser

Stupid move. In most met games the last couple years Murphy WAS the met offense. Will only get better at second and a very dedicated player.

mrnegative
mrnegative

Other teams: Hey! We're making Sale, Trumbo, Gardner, Price, Moreland, Kemp, Andrus, Smoak, Butler, Phillips available.

The Mets: Look! Murphy, Davis and Duda are available.

...............

flushed
flushed

However bad we need pitching, we need offense infinitely more, if we trade Murphy for a rotation stop gap, Alderson should be fired on the spot. Granderson and Young hit like 220 between the two of them last season and that's our improvement, take away Murphs 286, Byrds 291, and Turner's 280 and we are looking at a significantly reduced team batting average.

anymos
anymos

@dooley No, just that our players aren't very good.

Chris Fiorillo
Chris Fiorillo

@arc34 Which Mets player with 200+ ABs in 2013 was third on the team in AVG?


Hint: He is no longer on the team.

Chris Fiorillo
Chris Fiorillo

@Charlie Rode

Q: Why did Murphy play a few steps on the outfield grass for most of 2013?

A: Because he is not a good second baseman.

Chris Fiorillo
Chris Fiorillo

@Philip Kossoy

Collin Cowgill had intangibles up to his Cow-gills.


He's working at a Dairy Queen in Skokie, IL. 


(That last part I made up)

flushed
flushed

Price dumps, Davis clones, past prime etc. I'm not convinced those names are significantly better than what we have to offer, it's all relative.

arc34
arc34

@Chris Fiorillo He was traded and did not play a full season with this team....and is NOT on roster currently....follow??

billysuede
billysuede

@flushed do you even know who chris sale and david price are?

mrnegative
mrnegative

What?! Those players are all in their prime. Some are controllable pieces for years. Those players are infact available and way better than what the mets are offering. When Sandy mentions any of those guys I bet all the other GM's laugh. Why do you think he's having a hard time trading them?! No GM is gonna trade anything of significant value for those 3 players. Us met fans are the ones overvaluing them.