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New York Mets Rumors: 5 Reasons Why Daniel Murphy May Be Dealt Before the MLB Trade Deadline

5 Reasons the New York Mets May Trade Daniel Murphy Before the MLB Trade Deadline

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With a few weeks left before the MLB trade deadline, talks will soon be heating up, and one of the names New York Mets fans will hear a lot linked to trade talks is Daniel Murphy. There are a lot of good reasons why the Mets need to hang on to Murphy, but here are five reasons why the Mets trading him before the deadline is a distinct possibility.

5. The Mets Are Sellers

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5. The Mets Are Sellers

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Unless the Mets can go on a 10-game winning streak during the next two weeks, there's no way they're going to catch the Braves and Nationals atop the division, making them sellers at the trade deadline. And assuming that's the case, Murphy is going to be one of their best trade chips, so they'd be foolish not to at least be open to the possibility of trading him if the right deal comes around.

4. He'll Make A Lot of Money Next Year

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4. He'll Make A Lot of Money Next Year

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Coming off an All-Star season, Murphy will be due a big pay raise next season and could make up to $ 10 million in his final year of arbitration. Unless the Wilpons are willing to let Sandy Alderson take the team's payroll well north of $ 100 million, it's going to be hard to afford Murphy at that price considering the financial commitments to players like David Wright and Curtis Granderson. It could make fiscal sense to trade Murphy.

3. The Mets Have Internal Options At Second Base

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3. The Mets Have Internal Options At Second Base

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Second base is actually a position where the Mets have some depth. The Mets could give Wilmer Flores a chance to play there every day and see if his offense comes around. Minor leaguers Matt Reynolds and Danny Muno are in triple-A and could be options, while prospect Dilson Herrera has grown leaps and bounds this season and could be a year or so away from being a major league second baseman.

2. He's A Wanted Commodity

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2. He's A Wanted Commodity

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Both the Blue Jays and Giants have been rumored to have interest in Murphy, and they're likely not the only teams that would like to add an All-Star second baseman for the stretch run. Murphy would be a great addition to just about any team that's chasing a pennant, so if the Mets make him available, there's definitely going to be a market for him, making it easy for the Mets to find suitors willing to pay a fair price to get him.

1. He's At His Peak Value

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1. He's At His Peak Value

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Sandy Alderson traded R.A. Dickey and Marlon Byrd at their peak value, and he has a chance to do the same with Murphy. After being selected to his first All-Star Game, Murphy's value may never be higher than it is right now, especially since he's under team control for one more season, and that makes this the perfect time to trade him.