Not everyone thinks that Daniel Murphy will survive the Hot Stove season, due to a couple of factors. First, he will enter his ARB-3 year after being paid $5.7mil this season and estimates are he will have to be paid at least $8-9mil in 2014 (which happens to be the last year before he is eligible for free agency).
Secondly, Mets officials and fans got a late peek at Murphy’s seemingly eventual replacement, Dilson Herrera (59-AB, .220, 3-HR, 11-RBI). In addition, Wilmer Flores has the ability to defensively play second base as well as Murphy. My guess is Flores will be moved to second if Murphy is moved in the off-season and Herrera will open at Vegas; however, if Murphy isn’t moved until the mid-season trading period, you will see Herrera join Flores as starting middle infielders in Queens.
(Let's remember something here... Herrera looks great so far, but he's far from being anointed with the future shortstop job for the rest of this decade)
I will say this… past Herrera, there are others pushing here and Tovar could easily settle into the system as the AAAA alternative, be shuffled back and forth to Binghamton depending upon need, and help stabilize the infield as the younger kids (Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith) rise through the system.
My guess is that the Mets will fast track Mazzilli, who is easily old enough to open up in Binghamton.
Everything here depends upon the direction of the off-season. I go back and forth here between a 'B' rating and the one I have here: