Daniel Murphy has been a solid player and costs relatively little in today's market but his role on the Mets has become a roadblock to player positioning. Trading Murphy now [to fill one of the remaining gaps like 4th starter or backup to Parnell] solves many position problems but let's not give away a decent player without a solid return like we have many times in the past seven years---see Reyes, Bell, Lindstrom, Vargas, Kazmir, NCruz, JSmith, etc.:
1) Eric Young gets to move primarily to second base opening up Lagares as the starting CFer and moving Granderson to RF and CYoung to LF...making for a better defensive outfield. Can Lagares hit enough to make it all worthwhile?
2) We get to see if the defensively limited Wil Flores can also play second base 40 games this year and can grow into a starting role over time. Flores is apparently not an outfielder, cannot hit with enough to play first, will never win the 3B job with Wright there so this gives the Mets a chance to see if he sticks or becomes trade bait a year from now. He is one of too many Mets young players that need to lock into a position and play regularly.
3) With EY as a switch hitter, Granderson and one of the second basemen in the lineup, in order to have four lefty bats and four righty bats in the lineup this pushes the Mets into trading or signing a lefty batting SS to balance out the lineup....anyone say Stephen Drew [averages 14 65 .264 6 in 550 ABs, age 30] on a three year contract???
Here's the new lineup:
EYoung 2B L/R
Drew SS L
Wright 3B R
Granderson RF L
CYoung LF R
Davis 1B L or Duda L
D'Arnaud C R
Lagares CF R/den Dekker L
A very balanced lefty-righty lineup. Will Travis hit like we expect this year? Key question for 2014.
Bench: Duda L, WFlores R, Tejada R, den Dekker L, and either Centeno L or Recker R at C provides some power, defensive and pinch running speed and enough defense. This needed balance is one key reason why Turner was cut last week.
Don't give away Duda or Davis unless you get a solid starting player in return. Let's see which one hits this year before trading the surplus guy...they both remain big questionmarks not worth regretting to trade too early. Cesar Puello and WTovar may make it by September and Nieuwenhuis, Recker/Centeno and Brown stay warm at AAA if needed.
Starting pitching wise signing a guy like Colon is a perfect fit---by the time he starts breaking down due to his 40 years of age, the kids from AAA---Syndergaard, deGrom and Goeddel---should be ready. We can win with Wheeler, Niese, Colon, Gee and Montero with CTorres and Mejia in reserve. A bullpen of Parnell plus a veteran free agent signee/former closer as insurance, followed by Rice, Germen, Edgin, Black, and Familia....that's a pool of 14 to start the season with four kids at AAA [add Walters] on their way up as needed...a big group to draw the best performing 12-13 along with any minor signings, backups or last tries like Matsuzaka or JSantana.
BTW, the current Mets roster, except for Wright, Granderson, CTorres and Rice are all 30 and under and the oldest guy is Granderson at 33. Bright future as the kids arrive.
Long time no speak...as always, insightful comments welcomed. LGM.