Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog.com posted a photo essay today about the dismantling of Shea Stadium. You really should take a look.
He plays the game hard and smart; he’s the grit the team has been accused of lacking. A third baseman by trade who will not get the opportunity because of David Wright, he was moved to left field, and now in the Arizona Fall League is playing second and first.
Versatile defensively, and patient offensively, Murphy is on the inside track of being a star. All this, and he’s not making any money.
Yes, there’s a lot to like about Murphy, and no doubt, other teams have noticed. He could very well be the Mets most tradeable commodity on the major league level. That’s why the Mets should think about dealing him now when his value is high.
Let’s face it, the Mets aren’t going to deal Wright or Jose Reyes, and Carlos Beltran’s contract makes him difficult to deal. As far as Carlos Delgado, his age, contract, and the question if his second half was a fluke makes him hard to trade.
Who else on the major league level can be used to acquire the pitching that’s needed. Trust me, I like Murphy. I think he can be a star. But, the Mets’ have pressing needs that maybe he, in the right package, can can solve.
Given that, dealing him might be the way to go.
Then there are the playoffs. I hadn’t planned on blogging during the playoffs, but your response has been terrific, so I’ll continue.
Rays and Red Sox are on this afternoon, followed by Dodgers-Phillies. We have Giants and Browns tonight on MNF, so there’s a lot to talk about. If you’ve got any comments or questions, let’s have them. Looking forward to talking with you.
I’ll host a Mets Chat Room tonight at 7. The last two turnouts have been great and I’m hoping for the same. There’s a better than even chance I’ll open the Room early because of the Rays-Red Sox.
For those of you who are off today, Happy Holiday.
Talk with you later.
Jerry Manuel could finalize his coaching staff this week. There will be some changes, no doubt, and the speculation hasn’t cooled on HoJo.
I gather most of you would rather the Phillies crash and burn. But, I was thinking about this last night: Would it be better for the Mets if the Phillies run the table? That way the front office can’t dismiss it simply as being beaten out on the last day, but a real difference between the two?