Opinion: Daniel Murphy may hit his way onto a new team

Maggie Wiggin, Contributor

Daniel Murphy is quietly putting together his best season to date, despite his team being ranked No, 29 in OPS and No. 22 in runs scored.

This past Sunday, he hit two doubles and a home run. He leads the team with a .822 OPS and 15 extra base hits. He’s on pace for a career high in both categories.

Murphy is walking more by swinging at fewer pitches outside of the strike zone. Thus far in 2014, his plate discipline has been noticeably better than his career numbers. He’s still walking at a league average rate, but it’s a step forward for him.


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He’s walking more, but he’s also making better contact. He ‘s making contact with 90 percent of the pitches he swings at, which is fourth-best in the NL. As such, his strikeout rate is 10th lowest in MLB. More importantly, he’s making good contact. He’s hitting a lot of line drives and fewer fly balls, which is a great profile for a hitter who doesn’t have the raw power to hit a lot of home runs.

Murphy is also continuing to impress on basepaths, where he’s on pace for 30 steals. His defense, while still below average, has improved steadily.

Unless the rest of the team starts hitting around him, Murphy may find himself on the trade market this summer, especially if Wilmer Flores shows the ability to hit at the major league level. A number of contending teams are getting very poor production from second base and a player like Murphy could put them over the edge. In the meantime, I’ll keep enjoying watching him make a heck of a bid for a spot on the All-Star team.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The Mets are going to get offers for Murphy. They shopped him last winter, but asked for a lot in return, as they should. He’s a tremendous value at second base. I still contend that the only way Sandy Alderson trades Murphy is if, a) Flores hits and shows he can play on a big-league infield, and b) the deal helps net significantly more power in the lineup. For instance, if trading Murphy, Kevin Plawecki and Rafael Montero can bring back a substantial, no-brainer bat with the ability to hit 30 home runs, I’d do it. Otherwise, I’d rather Murphy – and I’d use the value gauged on the trade market to offer him a contract extension this winter.




138 comments
Howard Kaplan
Howard Kaplan

Trade d'Araund first. He will  be a 

bust. Plawecki will be better in the long run

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

" unless trading Murphy, Kevin Plawecki and Rafael Montero can bring back a substantial, no-brainer bat with the ability to hit 30 home runs"

 Murphy already is a pretty good bat and will give you a few home runs. You are going to trade two top prospects to get an elite bat?  Sheesh.  At the very least, one of the two should do it with Murph.

04doctored14
04doctored14

Murphy still has limited range at 2nd base and  has a tendency to make errors on routine plays--why not play him at 1st where he has experience;  Duda is not a long term option at 1st base--he can't field and has poor baseball instincts--trade him to an AL team for use as a DH.  Flores should be fine at 2nd if he can hit--hopefully one day SA will get us a real SS--Gregorius from Arizona in a trade or the Cleveland SS Cabrera after his contract is up this fall.

Leif Granlind
Leif Granlind

Murph has a non-statistical value to this team that must be considered before trading him: Heart, energy. 

cbbruuno
cbbruuno

Unless you get a serious SS prospect in return you just can't trade Murphy. 

thwacker
thwacker

Don't trade Plawecki!  TDA is no sure thing yet and last I looked, Kevin was hitting and fielding well.

grillruben
grillruben

This summarizes how awful this organization is. Murphy's hitting the crap out of the ball and proving he is a solid hitter in a lineup with more holes than a strainer? Quick, trade him!!! Maybe we can get some prospects that could potentially hit as well as Murphy in 2-4 years!!!!

Brian Cress
Brian Cress

Yes. . let's trade one of our best and right now only hitters. . that makes a whole lot of sense. . just stupidity

Rob Willms
Rob Willms

I understand you have to trade to get value to grow. But at some point you have to stop trying to trade for the future and play what you have. 

Rafael Nodarse
Rafael Nodarse

Yeah! Let’s trade our best player. Why don't we trade Wright too, so we can get a bigger package?

zingzangzo
zingzangzo

Time for some moves to see who can maintain their I.Q. at the big house of CITI Field! From AAA send up Matt Clark, Allan Dykstra, Montero, Degrom so we find out if any have trade value now for a couple of deals shortly. Bringing up Dustin Lawley from Bing., would help in the outfield platoon bank nice numbers at AA all last season, 25 homers, 98 rbi's! Send down Granderson, Familia, Tejada, Duda, Valverde. That move will pay dividends shortly seeing their all "A" + Players in the game respectedly! Would like to keep Lawley, Dykstra, Montero! Make these moves now Terry. Need the flexibility of talent in and out of lineup Card every night. Stop the abusing the starting pitchers arms by taking them out the minute they give 2 runs up. The relievers pitch no more than 2 innings every 2 or 3rd night. Allowing for rest for their Tommy John muscle (UCL)!!

Steven Dimartino
Steven Dimartino

Of course they'll trade Murphy!  You see, he's actually a good player that hits and Sandy can't have that!  He has to have HUNTERS OF STRIKES, that literally strike out as much as possible.  


This GM is a disgrace along with this owner!

robby
robby

I agree with you Matt if we trade Murph lets do it for a big bat right now he's to valuable on the team

jamets
jamets

Love the idea of trading Muprhy at the deadline.  The only problem with maggie's anlaysis  is that a contending team isn't going to give up a big bat mid-season for a package of Murphy and prospects.  The Mets have to trade Murphy for prospects and then worry about turning those prospects into a big bat later.

Mau Agudelo
Mau Agudelo

I would not trade Murphy Montego and plawecki for one player unless his name is trout or Stanton

James
James

You can trade anyone for the right offer, I just don't know how we can get the right offer for him.  If we were an offensive team with little pitching and Murphy could bring in a quality arm, that makes sense, but how do we move Muprhy for a better bat?  I guess if he is the tipping point for Stanton or something sure, but if the statement is a contending team will give us a quality bat for Murphy because they need a quality bat I am not sure how that makes sense.


We don't need a prospect 3 years away for Murphy, if we trade Murphy it has to be for an upgrade to this/next year's team, why would I give that up at the trade deadline if what I need is a bat and what we need is a bat?

lholztrio
lholztrio

Only an idiot would trade Murphy- wait our GM is an idiot.  Oh no!  How many 30 HR hitters are out there?  Wasn't Grandy one of those?  We want to trade Murphy and 2 top prospects for a 30 HR hitter at Yankee stadium?  No wonder this team is so messed up with idiotic suggestions I read here and what comes from the FO.

psi1
psi1

Totally agree with this comment...that is why the Mets are more likely to do it.

04doctored14
04doctored14

@grillruben  This tendency to get rid of players who excel (i.e. Reyes, Byrd, Hawkins) shows how little management knows about running a successful franchise.  With these 3 players on the roster today our record would be considerably better with a manageable increase in financial outlay if you subtract the wasted monies paid out for Granderson/Colon by our incompetent GM.

fhc1224
fhc1224

@zingzangzo this has to be the single most idiotic post I have read.  Take every pitcher out after giving up 2 runs?  you will need a 15 man bull pen for that.  Send down Granderson?  Even if the wanted to they can't.  it is against the rules he has no options.  They can DFA him and be on the hook for 60 million when he is claimed.  Lawley, Clark, Dykstra are not ML players.  Dykstra is having a good start this season but all three are in thier late 20's and have little to no time or success on even the AAA level.  Please do not post things like this anymore especially when you have no clue what you are talking about.

cbbruuno
cbbruuno

@zingzangzo  1) Familia has actually been pretty good, why would you send him down?

2) Send down Granderson? What good would that do? He has actually started to hit and you want to send him down?

3) You really think a couple of 27 year old rookies (Dykstra and Clark) are the answer?

4) Dustin Lawley is hitting .204 in AA, you really think he will start hitting when he is called up to the Majors?

Jake Lehr
Jake Lehr

Okay first of all Clark is in AA with Clark. Second they both are not regular starters and have mediocre batting averages. Third calling up Montero and Degrom prematurely could ruin their development if their not ready for the majors and lastly if you call up Dykstra now you have to put him on the 40 man causing higher salary earlier.

lholztrio
lholztrio

@zingzangzo  the only "move" Terry makes is in the bathroom.  Send Grandy to AAA?  How are you getting that done?  I guess you could bound and gag him.

lholztrio
lholztrio

@Steven Dimartino  Yep you got it.  The other pattern you see is aside from David Wright, any player who does well must be traded before they start getting paid too much.  Sandy shells out money to useless free agents but gets rid of players who produce.  Go figure?

lholztrio
lholztrio

@Will Keesee  a no brainer package?  you mean like the one we got Travis (the difference maker) in.

lholztrio
lholztrio

@robby  some one should ask Matt if the "BIG BAT" can also play defense since we don't use the DH

lholztrio
lholztrio

@jamets  the shortest distance between 2 points is a straight line

Kyle Tompkins
Kyle Tompkins

@Mau Agudelo  Haha wow, that's Ridiculous.  Montero isn't even seen as a #1 starter, Murphy is a high average, no power bat with avg defense, and Plawecki just started Double-A.


I would easily trade All-3 for a Jose Bautista, Juan Encarnacion, Tulowitski.


Lol and that wouldn't even be Close to enough for those guys, let alone Trout and Stanton

lholztrio
lholztrio

@Mau Agudelo  unfortunately the Front Office and the shills who write on this Blog are so baseball ignorant that they would plant a seed about such a trade.  That's why we have a SS and a catcher who can't hit their weigh and a RF getting 15 million per year for 4 years producing almost nothing.  

nwmets
nwmets

@04doctored14 Management isn't trading Daniel Murphy -- Matt Cerrone is. So, nothing to worry about here...

zingzangzo
zingzangzo

Stay with 195 average guys in the lineup and just continue to lose. You sound a lot like Fred coupon! You can't hide! Know more than you make any sense. Forget about dummy! O, the team looks like they'll win the pennant this year. Don't think so. They need to fire Terry now.

zingzangzo
zingzangzo

Just would like to see more power up and down the lineup. These guys can hit better than Tejada Duda Granderson, hopefully they can hit for some more power than what's in the lineup to date.

lholztrio
lholztrio

@Will Keesee @Steven Dimartino  Dude.  They did say they were shopping him last off season.  Probably because our GM thinks we have an abundance of hitting when he looks at the roster and line up Sir Buntsalot runs out there every day.

lholztrio
lholztrio

@Steven Matregrano  your missing the point.  We shelled out 60 million for a 30 HR hitter and look what we've got.  Are you going to trade Murphy, Plawecki and Montero for another guy like Grandy?  Sorry if that point wasn't clear. And our GM is an idiot.  If you doubt that just take a look at everything he's done to ruin this team since he was hired.  If you are a Kool Aid drinker, loyalty oather, then I understand.

nwmets
nwmets

@Will Keesee  What was the problem with Luis Castillo? Do you have the stats to back up your complaint?

lholztrio
lholztrio

@Will Keesee  Dear Mr. Smug and Brilliant:  you probably said the same thing about Jason Bay after 1.5 months.  Ha Ha.  Look me up by the end of the year.  Dumb and stubborn is a bad way to go through life.