It almost seems like yesterday that it was Daniel Murphy standing up at the plate in the playoffs for the New York Mets and every time he was up it seem like something magical was going to happen. Up until the World Series, Daniel Murphy was creating his own legend that will live on forever in Mets lore. Every time he stepped up to the plate, it would seem like he would hit the ball out of the yard.
Now the 2015 season has come to an end and the New York Mets may be parting ways with their playoff hero second baseman. There has been a few names that have come up in hot stove talks one of which the Mets played in the NLDS and that is Howie Kendrick of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kendrick, who is only one year older than Murphy, spent 9 seasons from 2006-2014 with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and last year played for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The question on a lot of people's minds is if Kendrick is there for the correct price, can he replace Daniel Murphy's production?
The answer to that question is an easy and astounding yes. Without any hesitation Kendrick is by far the better baseball player than Murphy is. Basing it off of the last three seasons, statistically speaking, Howie Kendrick is leaps and bounds better than Murphy. Kendrick over the last three seasons in 122, 157, and 117 games respectively, Kendrick batted .297, .293, and .295 whereas Murphy batted .286, .289, and .281.
In some of those cases Kendrick batted 10 points over Murphy who is known mostly just for his bat and not at all by his glove fielding a .975 fielding percentage at second base. Kendrick on the other hand has a fielding percentage 11 points higher at .986 and committed five errors last season compared to Murphy's six which is a vast improvement from his 15, 16, and 15 error seasons the last three years prior to this.
Kendrick is by no means a gigantic upgrade defensively; however, he is a much bigger upgrade in the peace of mind category when it comes to defense. So when you tie all of that in and you remove anything heart related to Murphy and what he meant to Mets fans over the last seven seasons, it's a no-brainer that Kendrick is the far better baseball player and is a better fit at second base for the New York Mets.