Adam Rubin caught up with Daniel Murphy who is very upbeat about the Mets’ offseason. Murphy says we extended the best third baseman in the majors in David Wright, has heard great things about Collin Cowgill and has no problem with not adding any major league free agents.
Asked specifically about parting with Dickey, Murphy said he liked the package the Mets got in return — catcher John Buck as well as prospects Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard.
“I thought Sandy [Alderson] said it pretty well. He felt like he had more value in a trade than he did re-signing,” Murphy said. “You’re not going to replace a Cy Young Award winner. But I do think with the catching help we got — not only immediately with John Buck, but maybe even not far away in d’Arnaud, and then Syndergaard, he’s on the way — I thought it was a good deal. It’s tough to see R.A. go. He meant so much to this ballclub and this franchise. But I thought we got some pretty good value for him.”
Murphy said he plans to arrive in Port St. Lucie about Feb. 10 – nearly a week before position players report.