The thing that stands out about the recent Daniel Murphy trade rumors is the lack of denials from the New York Mets. None. Sure, scouts look at players all the time and we shouldn’t be surprised San Francisco was in over the weekend to look at Murphy. It stands to reason considering the Giants have a Pablo Sandoval size hole at third base.
It is no coincidence Murphy was moved to third to be showcased when Dilson Herrera was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas.
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It also comes as no surprise the Mets have made no overtures to extend Murphy’s contract. And, they have had plenty of time.
It all makes sense, except for one thing: The Mets are playing winning baseball and Murphy, although not hitting well, does have a pile of RBI since he was moved into a run-producing slot in the batting order.
So, what happens in the next couple of weeks when David Wright comes off the disabled list? Especially if Herrera is hitting?
Who can’t see the Mets trying to unload Murphy?
But, if theMets accept token players, minor league scraps, if you will, while having their best season in six years, if should tell you a lot about GM Sandy Alderson and what management really considers as a priority.
My guess is winning isn’t ranked first.