November 28th, 2014
Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said that 2B Daniel Murphy will be a big part of the 2015 Mets Team. This confirms that Daniel Murphy will not be traded this offseason, and this is a good thing, because trading Murphy opens up another big hole. One that Dilson Herrera cannot cover.
Here is an excerpt from WFAN’s Brad Kallet talking about Murphy: ” The All-Star second baseman has been the subject of trade rumors for a long time now, though it doesn’t appear that any deals have been close. Last week, the Mets’ GM said that he’s “reluctant” to trade the 29-year-old infielder. However, according to ESPN, if New York is able to acquire a top-tier shortstop then a Murphy trade could soon follow.
It’s important to note that Murphy, who is arbitration-eligible, is expected to get a raise and could earn over $8 million next season. The smooth-swinging lefty will also become a free agent after the 2015 campaign and it’s unlikely he’ll be signed to a contract extension before Opening Day.
But if the Mets are finally ready to win now — and it appears that they are — then Murphy’s current salary and his status as an impending free agent should be non-factors. Next season is about returning to the playoffs, right? Isn’t that what we’ve been told? Isn’t that what manager Terry Collins just said?”
He brings up a good point, this team is ready to win, so let’s go. Trading Murphy would be a huge mistake.