Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Murph & Turf

Murphy, out for the season with a knee injury. Sounds so familiar. This one happened during a major league game at least, and to my eye looked extremely painful.

With his second season in a row cut short, Murphy is once again one of the best hitters on the team, and probably the best hitter in the league without a guaranteed starting job come next spring. He is the man without a position, without a home. That has to change, and by next season.

He'll close out 2011 hitting .320. Ninth in the majors as of right now, and only 16 points behind Reyes, a man it seems like most Met fans would give a major appendage for in a contract. I get that Murphy doesn't bring as much to the game as Reyes does, but the guy needs a permanent home. Sandy Alderson needs to approach Murphy during his rehab and give him a position. If its right field, second base, it doesn't matter, because, frankly, he needs a ton of work at any position that isn't third base. But whatever position is decided upon, Alderson has to tell him as early as possible and let him spend all winter and all spring working on just that position. No more shuffling him around or using him as a super-utility player. He is simply to good a hitter for that.

This just looks like it hurts.