Posted by Ernest Dove at 12:00 PM
So I'm officially attempting to make lightning strike twice, by posting another Stay or Go, Mets addition.
This week, its 'old faithful'? Murphy. You know, the less heralded lefty version of Wilmer Flores, before we were even paying attending to the teenage phenom. Despite suffering an injury, derailing his pursuit of 200 hits, Murphy still managed over 640+ ABs, and once again kept his batting average at a definitely respectable .289. So, without further a due, let's huddle around like some pre teens in the 90s and play another game of need em, got em, no longer need em so you take em, and I want......
What to do about old Daniel (he's not even old still)? The young man who burst onto the scene hitting, and kept hitting, and hit his way into a starting position, now finds himself one of the most talked about trade commodities on this team. Say what you want about his defense at second base. Say what you want about his base running blunders. Neither of which changes that fact that Daniel Murphy will head into the heart of this offseason as the ONLY reigning All Star in this organization.
Obviously, there is history, in every organization, of teams trading away, and or letting go, of good players right after an all star season (please, nobody mention Reyes). However, in the case of the Amazin's, it seems a little different. We've been waiting four years (longer, really) for this team to have a true identity, come together, and compete for a playoff spot on a regular basis. Yet, here we are, possibly a team with an identity (pitching), but also a team willing to possible let go of their only all star , and only hitter who managed to hit on a pretty consistent basis all year.
There are options, as well as reasons for such a possible drastic (and maybe hasty) move. The Mets, depending on what you read, may or may not be shopping for other positions to strengthen, such as SS, LF and another lefty reliever. And, with possible internal 2B options, the Mets may go this route to secure a spot somewhere else on the diamond.
And, by options, I guess the easiest person to mention is old Wilmer again (yeah, he's definitely not old). Wilmer Flores, the right handed Daniel Murphy, has seemingly entered into the offseason with just as many question marks as he had this year, and towards the end of 2013. Recent articles and reports are the Wilmer would like to participate in winter ball, and do so fully at short stop, so maybe he at least knows what he wants to go for. But, are the Mets and their organization on this same page as the kid right now?
We all know Wilmer fan hit. We've seen it. And he can make some serious solid contact, especially for a middle infielder. With that being said, there remain detractors of his short stop fielding skills, long term. And, its my opinion that his potential offensive production would also play well at second base....... Oh, and unless I stand corrected, I believe that the Mets are no longer allowed to ship this kid back and forth from New York to Vegas anymore, so the team holding the card, is at put up or shut up time with him in their hands.
Based on their Mack's Mets supporters (you guys know who you are), the internal options also include Daniel Muno, and Matt Reynolds. One has shown some power at times, the other has shown a resurgence in overall hitting for average. Alas, the almighty God's of various baseball 'experts' only see these young men as possible future major league utility players (I know, Lagares and deGrom were once a little under projected in their day). And, with the Mets farm system growing in strength, numbers and higher quality, there's simply no more room for extra grooming and development ( in my opinion, I just don't see a lot of future Matt Den Dekkers and Kirk's getting the extra years of starters at bats in minors to work on their games, because Sandy and Co. have seemingly been hitting more with their draft picks).
The other option to mention is that of the most recent flash in the pan style high rise of Dilson Herrera. The now still only 20 year old who was seemingly the (other guy, while we wait on the main prospect we got for Marlon Byrd in the deal) player. The young man seemingly showed up to rise and conquer from day one in 2014. And, when Daniel Murphy went down with injury, the Mets bypassed other prospects (including the non 40 man guys Reynolds and Muno) and immediately jumped Herrera to the bigs. At this point, its hard to even gauge how he did in so quick a time, and with such a dramatic (based on Mets conservative recent history) entrance he made. He showed some pop with a few homers. He struck out a few times. He made a few errors. None of this changes the fact that he can show up next April, or even next summer or even September of 2015, and remain one of the youngest players in the major league baseball. And those same almighty baseball God's seem to be in more of an agreement on his high ceiling and potential as a future all star.
So, what do you got? You got Daniel Murphy, reigning all star, in your hands right now. You might be trying to push that Wilmer card over the other side of the infield, but you also know that if you try and grab someone else's card from them to put over there, you risk having Wilmer be taken from you. You've still got those two other cards in your back pocket (Reynolds and Muno), and you've got the shiny new card of the kid not many people even know about yet, so there's no rush to bring him out yet either. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
What to do Mets fans, what to do ??????????????????????????????????????????????