Suggested Links for Monday, and what’s next for Murphy

In a post to, John Schweibacher lists reasons it’s still worth watching the Mets during the final 22 games of the season.

Ike Davis held his charity event last night, helping to raise money for childhood cancer. To read about the event, during which David Wright, Davis, and other Mets served as bartender, check out this report on

Chipper Jones played what will likely be his final road series against the Mets this past weekend, which you can read more about in report for the Bergen Record.

Lastly, also on, Rich Coutinho of asks, “Will Daniel Murphy be back with the Mets in 2013.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Sept. 10, 11:24 am: It’s a good question. I still feel – as I’ve been saying for three years – that Murphy eventually will end up being a utility guy, playing first, third and now second, capable of batting .290 or so, with lots of doubles, but mostly singles, and getting around 400 or so at bats… like a Mark DeRosa. He’s looked better at second base this year than I expected, but he still leaves a lot to be desired. Of course, his game is offense. However, short of a good four or five weeks this year, he’s been mostly a light-weight singles hitter living and dying with BABIP. I’d say trade him, but (as Sandy Alderson has said), Murphy has more value to the Mets than he does other teams. Why? Because most teams already have a Daniel Murphy. They don’t need another. At the same time, the Mets need a second baseman, and Murphy can fill that void… for now. In other words, as soon as the Mets feel they have even a marginally better option at second (or shortstop, since Ruben Tejada can play second), I think Murphy will get moved or begin his full-time transition to the bench.