The New York Mets organization is still deciding whether or not to be buyers, sellers or stay neutral at the trade deadline. New York has a prime trade candidate in All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy. The Mets are receiving calls on Murphy, but as the Mets linger eight games back in the National League East division, Murphy could stay in New York for the rest of the year.
New York is going to need to make a decision regarding infielder Wilmer Flores, who is now playing second base at Triple-A Las Vegas. Flores was recently named Pacific League Player of the Week and is hitting .324/.364/.582 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI. Flores was also moved to second base and has played five games at the position.
Flores being moved may signal that a Murphy trade is potentially coming with the trade deadline looming. Flores did not play that well when he was first called up this year by the Mets, but a second go around is in order at some point this season regardless as to whether or not Murphy gets traded.
Because Flores is playing well again in the minors, it could force GM Sandy Alderson‘s hand in a rash decision. Alderson does know he may only receive prospects in return for Murphy and not anyone who could help the club immediately.
A Murphy trade will show that the Mets are planning its patience with Flores as he will need more adjusting to major league pitching. However, the value for Murphy, who is hitting .293/.343/.411, will never be higher than it is right now.