Monday, November 21, 2011

Why Would The Mets Trade Daniel Murphy Now?

Allow me to preface this post by stating that I am NOT a member of the #ImWith28 fan club you may have stumbled across on Twitter.  I'm a full believer that while Daniel Murphy can be a force at the plate, he is an utter liability in the field and repeatedly makes poor baserunning decisions due to being overly aggressive.  However, even with that said, I just don't understand why the Mets would consider trading Daniel Murphy right now.

Last August, just prior to suffering his second major knee injury in as many years, Murphy was batting .320 and was well within the race for the batting title.  He was locked in, and his value was never higher.  Despite his inefficiency elsewhere on the diamond he would have likely fetched a premium from an AL team in need of a DH.  However, that story has changed now.  Having not appeared in a game since, there is no telling what effects, if any, Murphy's rehabbed knees will have on his game both in the field and at the plate.  Its reasonable to think that his trade value isn't even half of what it was just three months ago.

Furthermore, I would argue that if he can return to form his value to the New York Mets won't allow them to trade him.  If unable to resign Jose Reyes, Daniel Murphy will likely be your opening day second baseman, as his bat will force management to find a spot for him.  Should the Mets flounder, as expected, his value to the organization would increase again if the team chooses to trade embattled captain, David Wright.  Murphy, whose natural position has always been third base, could easily slide over to fill the void.

I'm not advocating that Daniel Murphy stay with the team forever.  I understand that the effort hes shown over the years and willingness to play wherever he is needed has rightfully developed a strong following amongst fans.  Its just that, for the reasons described above, the benefits of keeping Murphy in town through this season seem to far outweigh the risks.  Murphy may never be an all-star, but he is the type of player that can do a lot of good on this team and this team may never need him more than they do now.

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