Pic from PSL: Daniel Murphy is finally alone at 2B

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

It was only a few years ago that Daniel Murphy stood on the infield behind Luis Castillo, Brad Eamus and Justin Turner, as all competed to be the team’s starting second baseman. Today, it’s just Murphy. The position belongs to him… 


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In fact, it was the only position on the infield today that didn’t feature two players, with Ike Davis and Lucas Duda at first, Ruben Tejada and Omar Quintanilla at shortstop and David Wright and Josh Satin at third. It was an odd visual, given how up in the air this position had been for the Mets in previous seasons. Good for you, Murph, despite trade rumors and previous competition, it seems you finally have a home…


Here’s Murphy doing an agility drill, which ends perfectly…




38 comments
A Pocono View_
A Pocono View_

In the event murph gets hurt, or  needs a day off, who plays 2b?W/ Tunrer gone, who plays 2nd?

Olerud42
Olerud42

No reason Murph can't put up a 3-spot WAR again this season. He's not one of the team's problems right now in the slightest. 

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

It's over.  The Mets have officially given up on infield defense in exchange for someone who may hit over .275..  I guess that works on a lot of clubs with other infield defense, but with Tejada and Davis/Duda/Satin around him, they might as well play a big shift against all left hand hitters.  Come on guys, the man plays like a short fielder on a softball team.  In all the years that I have watched baseball, I have never seen a second baseman play his position in Right-Center field (unless it was old school astorturf).  Murphy is so afraid of the ball he is literally ten yards in Right field.

chasesimms
chasesimms

I'd love to see the Murph have a break out season!  20 home runs?  Is that too much to ask for? 

PanchoVilla
PanchoVilla

brick hands.....lets see how he hits.  On any other team he would be at best a back up.  Please...

Grove Peate
Grove Peate

I have a feeling he will break something this year...it is the Mets ya know.

nc95
nc95

I have a feeling Murphy's gunna have a breakout year .. 310 avg..15-20 hrs 20-25 sb

lou2565
lou2565

One of, if not my favorite Met...love the heart, love the hustle...reminds me so much of Paul O'Neill...one of the few Yankees in the mid to late 90s I rooted for and enjoyed watching...

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

Lock up Murph for the next few years! A legit MLB hitter.

reilly57
reilly57

I'm just nip picking here but why does Cerrone end EVERY paragraph with "..." ?

tommets
tommets

I really like the story of Murphy. He keep through the majors with 0 outfield experience and they continued to put him there. Everyone thought he was another Nick Evans and had no point in our future. They then decided to bring him back up to the majors, but this time in the infield. They tried 1st and 2nd for him and 2nd seemed to stick. He worked his tail off to get where he is today. Congrats Murph and I hope you continue to be a part of our future. 

mets1962
mets1962

While it is great that Murphy is now declared the second baseman for him, not sure it is best for the team for the long run. 2B was one of thos positions where Mets are overloaded with major league talent. It may have been better to trade Murphy in a package and come back with a SS for instance. Don't get me wrong Murphy is the best 2b Mets have but they have a larger hole at SS. Have no idea why a team like the Yankees didn't make a play for him. May have needed a third team to get involved but Murphy is a perfect fit for the Yankees. Could play 3B this year and slide back to 2B in 2015. Mets have to sort out SS and 1B before opening day

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@chasesimms Yes. It is.  The guy might be able to hit, but it seems the Mets have given up on having a real second baseman.  Too bad.

Donald Obrien
Donald Obrien

@nc95 He stole 23 in 26 tries last year.  But I agree.  He improves every year.

Bob Higgins
Bob Higgins

@nc95 Would love to see that. Murphy always gives 110 percent !

Donald Obrien
Donald Obrien

@lou2565 My favorite Met, as well.  Definition of stupid: wanting to trade Daniel Murphy.  He is like Paul O'Neil, and some of the old time players who gave it 100%,  and who you want to see come to bat in clutch situations.  If the Mets ever traded him, I would stop being a fan after 52 years.

Donald Obrien
Donald Obrien

@mets1962  "2B was one of those positions where Mets are overloaded with major league talent."

Name two or three.  Flores has suspect defensive skills and has yet to prove he is a Major League hitter.  He is a "prospect" still.   I hope he proves himself and maybe he will end up as a decent first baseman if Davis and Duda don't have the job.  But he is totally unproven up to now.  Who are the others with major league talent.


We are solid at first and second.  To fill a hole at SS, if indeed someone was really available, you would need to part with one or two of the young pitching prospects who really seem to be major league ready, but the FO is hesitant to do that, because they don't really know which one or two will turn out to be another Wheeler or Harvey.


You don't trade away a top five second baseman, Murphy.  Then you would have another hole at second, and Flores won't fill it.  You don't trade Murphy, any more than you trade Wright.  Duda/Satin will do OK at first base.  Give Flores a chance to compete with Tejada at short.  He probably doesn't have the range, but give him a shot.

zoddie
zoddie

This is only true if Wilmer can handle 2b. If he can't, who would you have replacing Murphy in a trade? We aren't sure if Satin can play 2b, either. Eric Young was already moved off there (though is a fine backup there).

tommets
tommets

 he's on a field with the young kids

PanchoVilla
PanchoVilla

@Michael Gibbs  Go brick hands!  I'm sure the pitchers will be confident having the up the middle defense being subpar.  SMDH.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@Steven Matregrano You say he performs "decently" because you are a Murphy fan.  Regardless of the fact that he might hit well...for this line up...he is no second baseman.  They just stuck him there because they have no other alternatives.  On another team, he would be a DH in the American League, and a backup in the National League.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@Donald Obrien @lou2565Sorry to hear that.  After 45 years of being a fan of the Mets, I can't really say the same.  Let's get this straight...the Mets traded Seaver and Dykstra, but you would leave them over Murphy?  Seriously?  Are you heartbroken over Choo Choo Coleman?

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@Donald Obrien @mets1962 "'2B was one of those positions where Mets are overloaded with major league talent.' Name two or three."

Exactly!  And that's why Murphy has held on so long.  The Mets have nothing in the farm system that could even competently play second base.  They found a barely competent bat in Murphy, and they made him a second baseman.  It is an insult to anyone who has ever attempted to play second base on any level.

PanchoVilla
PanchoVilla

@Donald Obrien @mets1962  Murpjy doesn't have suspect defensive skills?  Give me a break.  Solid at first and second?  Are you serious?  You must be a schill.  go away.

Donald Obrien
Donald Obrien

@flmetsfan No, but I'm sick of people pontificating about players, when I suspect they really don't know what they're talking about.  And you're attempt at sarcasm tells me something about you.

Donald Obrien
Donald Obrien

@PanchoVilla @Donald Obrien@mets1962Murphy ranked #5 of 30 starting MLB second basemen.  He's a corner infielder who has learned to play second and improved a great deal last year in the field.  His hitting is second only to Wright.  You're damn right I'm serious and I know baseball up close.  Calling me a schill is a cheap shot, but in keeping with your expertise in judging players.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@Donald Obrien @PanchoVillaQuit acting like a eight year old.  The guy has never learned to play defense, and never will.  He's just more roster filler.  By June, when he's on a pace for 20 errors, you'll get over the flavor of the year and realize he's just another Lenny Randle (without the punching).