Murphy trying other positions, is 2B the answer?

by Mike Kent on May 2, 2010

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Daniel Murphy is now in a hard position, that is, with no position. He lost his spot at first base thanks to the new guy Ike Davis. Davis has been very hot with a home run, and six RBI, and five runs scored, and his defense has been good. Since Davis joined the big league team the Mets are 10-2, so Davis is probably here to stay.

So what will happen with Murphy?

According to ESPNNew York the Murphy will be in Buffalo working on playing left field and second base.

Left field is not really an option with the Mets with new slugger Jason Bay playing there, so it looks like the Mets have two options: trade and second base.

Trade: I do not think it is a good idea to trade him right now, because his value in a trade would be very low at this time. He is worth more then you can get for him right now.

Daniel Murphy had a good first 49 games with the Mets in 2008 but in 2009 a .313 AVG. He may have had a bad 2009 but he was not alone. If we look at 2009 to decide who should stay and who should go then we should throw out David Wright, Carlos Beltran and Mike Pelfrey. And the only Met we should keep is Pedro Feliciano.

Second base: I think this is the best option for the Mets. Luis Castillo is getting up there in age (35) and other than his speed he has not been that great. His AVG is .258 and he has no power. He does not play that great defense, even though he is a former three time Gold Glove. The new defensive stats show that he may have never been that great.

That is why I think Murphy should play second. What do you think?  Feel free to comment.

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Gil Reich May 2, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Louis does get on base a lot. I agree that Murph should be in Buffalo learning various positions, especially second base, and playing every day. But I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if some other spot opens up. Despite his nice start, Ike may prove that he’s not really ready for the show quite yet. He or Wright could get hurt. At the very least, Murph should be a valuable guy off the bench, and the more positions he plays, the more value he has. I somehow doubt he’ll ever play second well enough to be a regular there, but I hope I’m wrong on that.

Mike Kent May 2, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I think if you give Murphy a season at Second Base then he can be a god player there. If he stays a few months down in AAA playing Second he will learn something. I am not saying he will be a Gold Glove, but I think he can be consistent

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