With the New York Mets likely solidifying their outfield with the signing of Curtis Granderson, they have turned their attention to their infield during the MLB Winter Meetings. One player who the Mets have been rumored to be shopping aggressively is second baseman Daniel Murphy, and the Baltimore Orioles have emerged as a possible landing spot for him.
Rumors indicate that the Orioles asked about Murphy, and the Mets asked for top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy in return. Giving up a prospect the caliber of Bundy for a player like Murphy would be an insane move by the Orioles, and the Mets couldn’t possibly think that Baltimore would actually go for such an exchange. But, if the Mets are willing to come down on their price, it stands to reason that a deal can be worked out, especially with the Mets appearing intent on trading Murphy this offseason.
Now is the time for the Mets to trade Murphy. His value has never been higher and with the outfield being settled, it has opened up the possibility of the Mets to move Eric Young to second base to replace Murphy if he’s traded.
The issue the Mets have is that there doesn’t seem to be a lot interest in Murphy. Some see him as a second baseman, others see him as a third baseman, and some view him as a super-utility guy, so his role on a team is unclear and so nobody is in a rush to trade for him. That means if the Orioles are showing genuine interest in him, the Mets need to do what they can to work out an agreement with Baltimore.
Whether it’s for a shortstop, a starting pitcher that can fill out the back end of their rotation, or a quality prospect, the Mets and Orioles should be able to come to an agreement involving Murphy. If the Mets are truly serious about trading him this offseason, the Orioles may be their best bet, and they shouldn’t let this opportunity get away.