Presumably, neither team will be throwing cash into this deal.
Daniel Murphy of the Mets is the player the Dodgers tried to trade for at the Winter Meetings, according to a baseball source, and they might make another run at him.
Murphy was the unnamed player general manager Ned Colletti referred to when he said he might be able to upgrade the roster at the Winter Meetings… But Colletti said the trade he thought might happen instead unraveled when the other club satisfied its need elsewhere without trading the player he wanted. That apparently was a reference to the Mets’ acquisition of Giants outfielder Andres Torres. It’s not clear who the Dodgers would have sent to the Mets, although Tony Gwynn Jr. is also an outfield defensive specialist.
Murphy, 26, is a left-handed hitter who played 155 games in 2009, missed the entire 2010 season with a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee and hit .320 in 109 games in 2011—when he played first, second and third base—only for his season to be cut short by another torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
Interest in Murphy is in keeping with Dodgers strategy this winter to obtain affordable, versatile position players that will provide manager Don Mattingly with flexible lineup options in lieu of a set lineup of everyday players.
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