Murphy does not look like a second baseman and suffered season-ending injuries in 2010 and 2011 while making plays at second*. But the Mets’ other options at second are Justin Turner, who’s not a great fielder himself and can’t hit like Murphy, Ronny Cedeno, who’s likely a much better fielder than both but can’t hit much at all, and Reese Havens, who hasn’t played a game above Double-A and has yet to stay healthy enough to play 100 games in a season.
Murphy will be 27 on Opening Day, has a 111 career OPS+ and is under team control through the end of the 2015 season. If he proves he can handle the keystone, he will be one of the team’s most valuable assets moving forward. The injuries and inexperience, combined with Murphy’s defensive reputation, are worrisome. But Murphy has never looked nearly as bad in the infield as he did in the outfield, and since he seems game for trying his hand at second, the experiment appears worthwhile.
It doesn’t make a hell of a lot of sense to trade Ike Davis or David Wright right now, since both are arguably at the nadir of their value. Davis missed most of 2011 with a lingering ankle injury. Wright spent time on the disabled list with a broken bone in his back and endured the worst season of his excellent Major League career.
Also, and for the I’ve-lost-count-how-manyth time, the 2013 option in Wright’s contract belongs only to the Mets. If the Mets trade him at any point in the 2012 season, the acquiring team will get only a part-season’s worth of Wright (unless he signs an extension or agrees not to void the option) and compensate the Mets accordingly. If Wright enjoys Citi Field’s new dimensions and bounces back in 2012, the Mets can pick up his option after the World Series and trade him then (if for whatever reason they wanted to).
So think about this: They could trade Wright during the 2012 season and get back whatever some team is willing to give up for a part season of Wright, or trade him after the season and get both the full 2012 season’s worth of Wright and whatever some team is willing to give up for a full season of Wright.
Excuse the rough math, but I’m going to go ahead and guess that in all likelihood:
(Part season of David Wright on the Mets + package of players the Mets receive for a part season of Wright) < (Full season of David Wright on the Mets + package of players the Mets receive for a full season of Wright)
Unless some team is absolutely desperate at some point in the 2012 campaign and willing to blow the Mets away with a trade package, it just doesn’t seem likely Wright will get moved. Please, everyone, keep that in mind moving forward.
It makes no sense to trade David Wright this season. It makes no sense to trade David Wright this season. It makes no sense to traid David Wright this season.
*- I initially, incorrectly, had “while making double plays” here, but Twitterer @TLJNYM reminded me that Murph’s 2011 injury came while attempting to apply a tag on a stolen base. Then David Wright played shortstop.