Since the end of the 2008 season, Daniel Murphy has shown the New York Mets that he can hit the baseball. However, he has also shown that he is a defensive liability. In the course of four years, Murphy has played four different positions for the Mets. Currently he is the everyday second baseman for the Mets.
The Mets as a whole have been a surprising team and find themselves battling for the N.L. East title as well as one of the two wild-card spots. Murphy is a big reason why the Mets got off to a hot start as he was batting well over .300 to start the season, but has seen his average drop as of late down to .274. He is yet to hit a home run this season and with the young Jordany Valdespin making an impact during his short stint with the team, fans are wondering who the second baseman should be.
Valdespin is a natural second baseman who has the potential to win a Gold Glove. He has much needed speed that can be used at the top of the order and has shown that he has potential to be a very good hitter. What he needs now is more playing time so the Mets can see what his worth is. Murphy will most likely continue to keep playing second base which will hurt Valdespin’s growth.
With the Mets needing more bullpen help, Murphy would be a good trade option for them. His contract is small which will appeal to other teams and Murphy has shown he can bat over .300 for a season which might make teams more willing to get him. Trading Murphy will help the defense tremendously, as Murphy already has 9 errors this season, and the risk is minimal.
As of right now, it is hard to say that Murphy is the future second baseman for the Mets. To this point, he hasn’t shown enough to convince the organization. If Murphy is traded for bullpen help, the Mets can be more serious contenders this season, while at the same time watching Valdespin and his progress he makes as a Major League player.
If Valdespin shows that he is not a the future second baseman either, then the Mets can make a move in free agency in the future. That is the beauty of a trading Murphy, there is minimal downside to it and gives the Mets a great chance to look at one of their young prospects on a daily basis.
If Valdespin continues to impress during his spot starts, don’t be surprised if Sandy Alderson and the Mets front office trade Daniel Murphy.
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