LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Should the New York Mets trade Daniel Murphy, which has been widely speculated, general manager Sandy Alderson didn’t seem enamored with his replacement options.
“I think we’d be comfortable if we had a number of candidates we could sort through during spring training,’’ Alderson said when asked if he’d be comfortable with Eric Young as Murphy’s replacement.
There’s been speculation since the Mets signed Curtis Granderson that Murphy’s job was in jeopardy because of the proposed move of Young to second base.
Should the Mets opt to keep Murphy and not move Young, they’ll have the problem of deciding who would be their leadoff hitter.
One option might be Juan Lagares, but his high strikeout ratio isn’t conducive to hitting leadoff. Another possibility could be Murphy, who has performed well hitting leadoff in the past, but has the potential for greater run production batting lower in the order.
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