As Winter Meetings begin, a second baseman and a starter top the Kansas City Royals‘ list of offseason priorities. With many intriguing options for offensive upgrades already taken or proving to be out of KC’s price range, the team should be hungry to bring in any available bat. Thanks to a rumor from the Big Apple, a promising new option may be within the Royals’ grasp.
New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson has indicated that the team could be interested in trading second baseman Daniel Murphy. This 28-year old infielder has four full seasons of steady offensive production under his belt. By making the right trade with the Mets, KC could make the addition of Murphy with their current roster and budget situation.
Seeing that an offensive upgrade is a must for KC and second base is their weakest leak in the batting lineup, an improvement there is critical for future success. Bringing in Howie Kendrick would generate some real excitement, but making that trade work will prove to be very difficult. A move to snag Murphy might be far more reasonable, depending on what the Mets would take in return for their talented, reliable second baseman.
Murphy would be another no-doubt upgrade to the Royals’ batting lineup. In five years and four full seasons of starting time, he’s compiled a .290/.333/.424 career slash line, averaging 39 doubles, 10 HRs and 70 RBIs over 162 games. Signing Murphy could be the final step to revamping and solidifying the Royals’ 2014 lineup, but his value relies on what it would take to acquire him through trade.
Bryan Zarpentine of Rant Sports lists corner outfielders as the Mets’ second-biggest offseason priority this year, and every team in MLB is always on the lookout for talented young pitching. Perhaps a package deal of Justin Maxwell and a minor-league pitcher would be enough to pry Murphy away from New York?
Only the most valuable young arms, like Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura, should be avoided in this trade conversation. To give themselves the greatest chance for success in the next couple years, Kansas City needs to think long and hard about letting go of a valuable asset in order to bring in Murphy.