Adam Rubin of the Daily News had this interesting blurb buried at the end of his column this morning.
Luis Castillo signed a four-year, $25 million contract last winter. But the Mets are signaling they intend to shop the second baseman this offseason, even if it means eating some contract. Daniel Murphy, who has settled into a left field platoon with fellow rookie Nick Evans, has been asked by the organization to play second base in the Arizona Fall League. Murphy is a converted infielder, although he primarily manned third base in the minors. He was exposed to second base only during a 15-game stretch from July 3-18 when he was asked while with Double-A Binghamton to play there because Castillo’s health looked shaky.
Can you imagine getting the type of offense Daniel Murphy is capable of delivering from the second base position?
To say that I am very ecstatic about this news would be a complete understatement. Ushering in a new era at CitiField with an infield of Delgado, Murphy, Reyes and Wright would be so exciting to see.
Of course, we will all have to keep our fingers crossed and hope that Murphy can learn to field the position without being a liability. That’s not to say he can’t pull it off, I’m just saying let’s be cautiously optimistic.
Either way, losing Castillo will still mean options like Argenis Reyes will also be in the mix, and that’s a good thing.
By the way… Remember how SNY, ESPN, FOX and SI.com all said the Mets farm system was a wasteland back in March? They all said we had nothing of any value and that our best and only prospect was three years away. Well I got a message for all of them now… BITE ME!