As the Major League Baseball trade deadline begins to creep closer, the rumors will undoubtedly begin picking up steam. New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson was questioned by a fan about the trade rumors involving second baseman Daniel Murphy, and his response was one for the books.
At a Q&A luncheon for Mets season ticket holders, Alderson was asked for some assurance by a fan that Murphy would not be made available for trade, despite what was being said on Twitter and many blogs.
Here was part of Alderson’s response, via ESPN.com:
“He’s done a nice job getting himself to the point where he plays second base as well as he does. So, you know, I haven’t been on Twitter in a long time. So I know you haven’t been reading my tweets. And I don’t think you’ve been reading them from Terry [Collins] either. So, at this point, do what I do: Ignore Twitter and try to ignore the blogosphere and have a beer when you go home tonight.”
That’s about as blunt as you can get.
Alderson did offer the fans some positive reinforcement that the Mets liked what they had in Murphy, but he fell short of actually saying that Murphy was off the block.
Murphy is making $5.8 million this year and will be eligible for arbitration one more time before becoming a free agent after the 2015 season. So the Mets are going to have to make a decision about paying him one way or another.