Plan A is still Jose Reyes, but the Mets already have formulated Plan B.
If Reyes is not re-signed, the Mets may try to compensate for that loss of offense by attempting to make Daniel Murphy the full-time second baseman, according to an organizational source.
Not to toot my own horn, but I suggested exactly the same thing on the Mostly Mets Podcast a couple weeks ago.
Actually, wait: Absolutely to toot my own horn. Here’s a photo of my own horn. Toot!
Point is, it makes a hell of a lot of sense. I didn’t have any organizational sources or anything, but if Reyes leaves, Ruben Tejada becomes the most obvious internal candidate to play shortstop, leaving a hole at second and the Mets missing Reyes’ bat.
At the end of the season, a reporter asked Terry Collins why he wouldn’t give Murphy a position to spend the offseason working on. Collins said he was waiting to see “where some guys end up.” I read that at the time to mean that Murphy would concentrate on second if Reyes left. This report adds a little weight to that, but really no more than common sense does.