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Tigers, Blue Jays trying to pry Daniel Murphy away from Mets

Dec 5, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Tigers, Blue Jays and Padres have inquired with the Mets about the possibility of a Daniel Murphy trade.

Murphy, 26, hit .320/.362/.448 in 109 games for the Mets last season before suffering a knee injury while playing second base in August. The left-handed hitter has experience at first, second, third and in left field.

Unfortunately, the Mets have three of those spots covered, and many feel that Murphy isn’t a long-term option at second base, partly because of a lack of range and partly because he may keep getting hurt there. The Mets would probably plug him in at second anyway if the season started tomorrow, but they might be open to trading him now.

Sherman suggests that the Mets like Detroit’s Andy Dirks as a potential alternative to Angel Pagan in center field. Pagan is a non-tender candidate with his salary set to jump to about $5 million in arbitration. The Blue Jays would probably offer a young arm or two in return.

  1. b7p19 - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    And the Padres? Or are we just not worried about the interest that they have shown?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:59 PM

      Don’t know quite what to think about the Padres’ interest. I’d be very surprised if they came away with Murphy. He’s not a long-term option at first, second or third for them, and it’d cost them more to get him now than they’d get back when they inevitably decide to trade him in a year or two.

  2. sdelmonte - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Hmmmm. I like Murphy, but yeah, he’s not much of a defensive player. And if this is time to rebuild, then why not listen to all offers from all comers.

  3. proudlycanadian - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Wow! A Blue Jay rumor that is probably accurate!

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:54 PM

      AA has just said that he will not go after a second baseman until he knows whether Kelly Johnson plans to accept arbitration.Johnson has to make up his mind by midnight tomorrow. Murphy makes a lot of sense for the Jays.

  4. cmutimmah - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Dirks? I’m in.

    I love Dirks’ potential, but he’s not going to start and is probably at best a nonpower hitting 4th OF. Murphy has versatility and a history of decent contact in the big leagues. Also, he’s not a sloth like most of the Tigers team…

  5. purnellmeagrejr - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:31 AM

    Murphy can hit – as a fielder, well… Murphy can hit.

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