Two contending teams with holes at second base have reportedly expressed interest in trading for the Mets’ Daniel Murphy. The New York Daily News says that both San Francisco and Toronto have made preliminary inquiries about Murphy, and that Toronto had a scout in Miami when the Mets were playing there last week.
At six games under .500, the Mets certainly look like candidates to be sellers at the deadline, but GM Sandy Alderson has indicated that Murphy is not someone who would be made available. Speaking to Mets season ticket holders earlier this week, Alderson said (via the Daily News):
Look, we have a real appreciation for Dan Murphy. Murphy is somebody who is an offensive player, who has really done some things this year to improve himself as an offensive player. His on-base percentage is much higher than it has been in recent years. He goes the other way….We talk about all the time: We’re looking for players that are willing to play in New York or can play in New York. He hits in New York. He hits in this ballpark.
As Andy Martino of the Daily News points out, Alderson also insisted that he wouldn’t trade Marlon Byrd last year, about three minutes before he traded Marlon Byrd.
The 29-year-old Murphy is hitting .298/.353./.417 this year with 6 HR and 29 RBI, but is somewhat of a shaky defensive player. He would be a clear upgrade for either Toronto or San Francisco at second base.