It seems that with all the talks about trades and re-tooling for 2014, Daniel Murphy is viewed as the low man on the totem pole. Every winter, Murphy’s name seems to be thrown around in every trade rumor the Mets are involved in. And this year is no different.
With the call-up of Wilmer Flores, it was clear that a problem was about to arise. Who would be the future at second, Flores or Murph? The organization has shown no attentions of moving either one of them to first. They also haven’t showed a willingness to trade Flores. This leaves Murph, once again, as a man without a home on the baseball diamond.
Daniel Murphy has been tossed aside a number of times by some in the Mets fan-base, as they don’t view him as a vital part of the future. Murphy’s numbers would tend to disagree with that assessment of his role. A career .289/.332/.422 line from a guy only in his 4th full season, at his 3rd different position shows a guy who can contribute on a daily basis for a contending club.
This current campaign for Murph has seen him put up 171 hits, which ranks 5th in the National. For some perspective, that ranks higher than Joey Votto, Paul Goldschimdt, Freddie Freeman and Allen Craig just to name a few. That type of production would be welcomed on most ball clubs.
It seems as though the fans are so quick to get Murphy out of town because he isn’t a flashy player. He isn’t going to belt 20-30 homeruns, he isn’t going to drive in a 120 RBIs and he isn’t going to win multiple Gold Gloves. But what he does bring to the table is a knack for hitting the baseball, and on a Mets team that has lacked those kinds of players, he is one of the exceptions.
Players like Murphy don’t grow on trees. Those are the players that Sandy Alderson wants in his lineup and Murph should be a part of the future of this team. Murph has the ability to play multiple positions and the Mets need to find an everyday home for him. It was thought that second was that place, now Wilmer Flores complicates things.
It’s been said once and will be said again and again, this off-season is the most important in years. Alderson will have some big decisions to make, but one of them shouldn’t be about Murphy. He should be back on the team. He is a huge part of this team. His bat, his defense (which is better than everyone thought it would be), his leadership and his energy are things that this team desperately need.
There should be debate about Murphy, he belongs on this team. He has been a key part of the offense (or at least what the Mets call “offense”). Building around him, Wright, d’Arnuad, Lagares and Flores is what is best for the Mets. All that matters is #ImWith28.