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Report: Mets pushing “very hard” to trade Daniel Murphy

Dec 9, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

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It’s been suspected all offseason that the Mets would shop second baseman Daniel Murphy and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports hears that they are pushing “very hard” to move him at this week’s Winter Meetings.

Nothing appears imminent, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Orioles are among the teams who have looked into acquiring Murphy. They also have some interest in Murphy’s teammate Ike Davis, but Sherman sees the Brewers or Rays as better fits for the first baseman.

Murphy, who turns 29 in April, earned $2.925 million this past season while batting .286/.319/.415 with 13 home runs, 78 RBI, 23 stolen bases over 161 games. He’s expected to get a hefty raise in his second year of arbitration, so the Mets could move him and use the savings to upgrade elsewhere. Eric Young, Jr. would be the most likely option to take over the second base job if Murphy is dealt.

UPDATE: Marc Carig of New York Newsday hears that the Mets aren’t “pushing” to move Murphy, but are open to listening. Meanwhile, Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM was told by a source that conversations between the Mets and Orioles are being “way overblown.” Such is life at the Winter Meetings.

  1. nymets4ever - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Hearing that all he would return is a mid-rotation starter…no thanks, I’d rather keep Murphy if that’s how other teams value him.

    Murph is the man. Sure, he is prone to slumps where he gets under the ball too much, but there are also long stretches where he looks like an impossible out. He’s also made significant strides defensively and is by all accounts a great clubhouse guy.

    Again, not saying he’s immovable, but he’s better than some mediocre innings eater, which the Mets can just sign for money anyhow.

    • spudchukar - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      I like this guy too, mostly from the offensive side. I think he has enough pop, and perhaps versatility to be a part-time DH. The thing is he might be their most valuable trade chip. And when you say “mid-rotation”, I think it depends upon whose rotation you are referring to. A quality #3 is probably all he is worth.

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      If that is the case, how about Murphy for Lance Lynn? Although that would probably make the Cardinals a little too left handed.

      • paperlions - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:41 PM

        4 years of Lynn for 2 years of Murphy is probably too much. Murphy would actually be a nice depth piece for the Cardinals since he could play 2B or 3B, but being LH isn’t ideal since both Carp and Wong are also LH.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      so they are pushing hard according to a report to yahoo but
      Newsday hears they are not pushing, thanks for clearing it up.

  2. Old Gator - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    He doesn’t fit the Feesh profile. He’s young-ish, hits with power and for average, drives in runs and can ackcherley play second base. They’re better off with a scrapheap reclamation project. Which is what they’re getting.

  3. cackalackyank - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Cross town ride on a Subway, Dan?

  4. nsstlfan - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Detective the Cars don’t need him they have the same thing in Matt Adams

  5. beast2727 - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Murphy and Ike for segura and a mid level prospect seems about right

    • zzalapski - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      To an avid user of controlled substances, sure.

  6. 52nites - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Im at a loss at the trade Murphy talk. Other than Wright there is no one coming back that hit over .240.

  7. nymets05 - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    He is one of the Mets most energetic and consistent players.Although he will never be a gold glove fielder,he has made himself into an acceptable fielder.He should not be traded as Mets brass will not be savvy enough to get equal value in return!!!

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