Let’s put a stop to that talk right now, because the Mets best option at second base is … wait for it … Daniel Murphy.
Murphy may not be the best second baseman in baseball, he certainly isn’t the best to play the position in Mets history, but when one looks around the major leagues, they will be hard pressed to find anyone better than what the Mets have.
If the Mets fans wanted to make a trade for another major league second baseman, they’d have a hard time finding one, because the best ones are either young prospects that teams are grooming for themselves (i.e. Joe Panik with San Francisco or D.J. LaMahieu with Colorado), or they’re too old (i.e. Chase Utley with Philadelphia), or they cost a lot of money and are too valuable to their current team (i.e. Robinson Cano, Seattle and Dustin Pedroia, Boston).
So give me a second baseman that the Mets can afford to bring in now that is playing at the major leagues? There is none. And if Herrera were truly ready he would be up here now, or at least the drumbeat of his promotion would be much louder.
Murphy is just as good as any of the other MLB second baseman out there – believe it. Among other major league second basemen, Murphy is second in RBI with 14; he is also tied for fourth in the majors in home runs with two, tied with Utley, Logan Forsythe and Danny Espinosa. And he is tied for fifth in doubles with Panik and Omar Infante.
So while Murphy is off to a slow start with the bat, and the glove, he is still getting it done inspite of the slump. Just look at the Mets 3-1 come-from-behind win in Miami on Monday. A slumping Murphy comes up with two men on base in a big spot and cracks a three-run homer to right-center to win it. He even had a pretty nifty play defensively in the bottom of the ninth to help ice the contest. Not perfect, but Murphy gets it done when he needs to.
Keep in mind Murphy was an All Star player last year. Over a four year period he hit .286 or better and has driven in as many as 78 in a season. These are not Cano numbers, but nobody is asking Murphy to be Robinson Cano.
While no one can defend Murphy’s problems defensively, he does lead all MLB second baseman with those four errors; it’s not time to give up on him just yet, even if this is a contract year. Players go through slumps all the time, his came at the start of the year. Murphy has done everything the Mets have asked of him in his career, the man deserves a break and chance to work through it. Perhaps Monday’s homer is the beginning of better days for him and the club.