Over the years Daniel Murphy has become a fan favorite of the New York Mets. Ike Davis, on the other hand, has not. Fans I’ve seen think it would be smart to trade one and not the other, Ike being the one, but I think differently as a Mets fan myself. I believe it would be smart for the Mets to trade both Murphy and Davis as long as the return fits their needs.
Murphy is a career .290 hitter who averages 10 home runs and 70 RBI. He has now been in the league for five seasons and I honestly think this is the most you can get out of a player like Murphy. He is a contact hitter with not a lot of power, especially in a ballpark like Citi Field. Defensively he is a liability, and he really has no position. He is currently — and has been for a few years now — the Mets second baseman, but he does not have good range, lacks speed in the field (and on the base paths as well), and does not have a strong arm. He is a very likable player so I get why Mets’ fans love him, but if this team is to get any better he should be traded now while he has a good value.
Since the Mets went out and spent money on outfielders Curtis Granderson and Chris Young, Eric Young Jr. now does not have a position. But he can play second base which is why Murphy has been mentioned in trade rumors. I think Young at second would obviously be the better choice defensively and offensively won’t make that large of a difference. Plus Young can steal you a lot of bases with his speed, which Murphy lacks. This is why I think it makes sense to trade Daniel Murphy.
As for Davis, his time in New York has just run out. He cannot handle the pressure, and whatever he learned in his stint in the minor leagues last season just went in one ear and out the other. They wanted him to change his batting stance so that he can strike out less and make better contact on the ball, but he still has the same ridiculous batting stance. I just don’t get why you would hold the bat high, then bring it down, and then bring it back up again to swing. It is not hard just by looking at his batting stance to see why he batted .205 last season and struck out 101 times in only 103 games. Davis’ strikeouts would be tolerable if he actually lived up to potential and became a serious home run hitter, but it is looking more and more that two years ago was just a fluke. He followed up his 32 home run season two years ago to a nine homer season last year. Not only does Davis strike out a lot and hit for a low average, but his intelligence at the plate is just down right poor. I cannot tell you how many times in a big at bat, especially with the bases loaded, that he would swing at the first pitch and ground out to first. The crowd boos him literally every plate appearance now, and I, as well as many others, feel it is definitely time for a change of scenery for Ike and for Wilmer Flores to take over his spot at first base.
So who should Murphy and Davis be traded for?
The obvious answer is a shortstop. Ruben Tejada is not the answer for the Mets. He is about just as effective at the plate as Rey Ordonez and Rey was a better fielder. No one in their right mind would trade something good for Tejada so in my opinion it would be wise if the Mets trade both Murphy and Davis for a .300 hitting shortstop with good pop in his bat and a good glove in the field.
I don’t know about you but I like the sound of a Flores, Young, a good hitting and fielding shortstop, and David Wright infield over a Davis, Murphy, Tejada, and Wright infield.