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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sherman: Mets’ key offseason decision will be what to do with Murphy

Perhaps this other article "Dodgers walk Murphy to face Wright" might offer some clues…

indications are the Mets are not showing much enthusiasm to have [Daniel] Murphy join David Wright and Curtis Granderson as the long-term foundational pieces of the lineup, in part, because the deals for Wright and Granderson look as if they could go rather bad.

For better or worse, this is a front office that believes in drawing walks and hitting homers, areas Murphy does not excel. Murphy’s defense at second also has regressed… In addition, Mets officials have noticed how many multi-year second base deals went rotten. Dan Uggla (five years at $62 million) might be done as a player with one year still remaining on that deal. Arizona (Aaron Hill, three years at $35 million), Milwaukee (Rickie Weeks, four years, $38.7 million) and Cincinnati (Brandon Phillips, six years, $72.5 million) each tried mightily to get out of as much of its second base pacts as possible, without success… Conversely, teams have been interested in Murphy. The Padres, for example, tried on multiple occasions to obtain him, offering Luke Gregerson last offseason before using the righty reliever to get Seth Smith from Oakland. A good deal of that pursuit was influenced by San Diego’s VP of baseball operations, Omar Minaya, who was the Mets’ general manager in 2006 when Murphy was drafted and who always has been a fan of the player.

But San Diego is not alone in seeing how Murphy can be an asset. He leads the NL in hits. There were executives who told me they see his best value as a Ben Zobrist type — playing regularly, but at multiple positions — but without Zobrist’s defensive acumen. The Padres, for example, were going to move him all over the field in 2014 and see how he handled third base, in particular, to gauge if he could replace Chase Headley, who was in his final year before free agency. Clubs such as Tampa Bay and Oakland gravitate to players like this.

The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2014 at 06:14 PM | 30 comment(s)
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