In a quick update to this post from yesterday, a team that likes Daniel Murphy and checked in on him told ESPN New York that the Mets’ asking price was “substantial.” That led the source to speculate that the Mets ultimately may hold onto the second baseman.
“The team that approached the Mets, by the way, had no interest in using Murphy as a second baseman. They would have restored him to a corner infield spot.”
I feel the same way and “I believe the Mets have no real interest in moving Murphy unless they are overwhelmed.”
That’s what I tweeted yesterday and I’ve had that hunch for about a week now…
Keeping Murphy for me is good news… I’ve always been with 28…
One rival GM who we spoke to this morning, would not deny or confirm this morning’s report by Jim Duquette of Sirius Radio that the Mets asked the Baltimore Orioles for top prospect Dylan Bundy in exchange for Daniel Murphy.
However he did say,”If that’s true, there’s no chance they trade Murphy…Murphy is a nice little player, but I can’t see any team willing to part with a young live arm like that for his particular skill set.”
That’s what I thought too…
That said, neither our guy or the exec believed there was any truth to the rumor…
Original Post 12/9
Today the Mets have gone from passive to aggressive in their pursuit to trade Murphy. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Sandy Alderson is pushing very hard to deal heir doubles-machine Daniel Murphy.
MMO’s John Delcos spoke to one rival executive who said “it’s not a matter of if, but when” they’ll trade the popular Mets second baseman.
“There is certainly a market for him,” another team beat writer said, but Andy Martino of the Daily News disputes that writing that there’s “some skepticism among team execs that they will find many takers for Murphy.”
So there’s some mixed reactions to dealing Murphy, but nothing concrete other than an overriding sentiment that the Mets are anxious to move him.