One of the more interesting nuggets coming out of the GM meetings last week was Sandy Alderson’s statement the New York Mets aren’t interested in working on a contract extension with second baseman Daniel Murphy.
Alderson also said the Mets would be reluctant to trade Murphy. While both points are contradictory, they also make sense.
It is estimated Murphy will make $8.1 million this season in his walk year, a relatively high sum for a contact hitter with little power and only an average defender. Just how much is that worth?
Also, the Mets finished below .500 for the sixth straight season with Murphy. They can surely finish below .500 without him.
Alderson’s reasoning in avoiding the extension is unknowns Dilson Herrera and Wilmer Flores. If either shows capable of playing second, especially Flores if a shortstop can be obtained, then Murphy would be an expensive third wheel and they’ll let him walk after next season.
As far as putting Murphy on the block, the Mets are pointing toward this season as one in which they’ll be competitive so they’ll to keep him, especially if Flores and/or Herrera don’t pan out or there is an injury.
It translates to at least one more season in Flushing for Murphy.