We have to take this with a grain of salt, as the source who reports this news is anonymous and only identified as "someone close to the team," but reports surfaced yesterday that the Mets do not plan to bring playoff hero Daniel Murphy back to the team when his contract expires at the end of the season.
And this may surprise you, but I'm OK with it.
For years, Murphy has been a totally average player for the Mets. He's been a fan favorite, for sure, and I've always liked the guy. But the reality is that he doesn't play great defense, and, despite his crazy hot streak that we're watching right now, his hitting has never been stellar.
He's capable of hitting .280, which is valuable. But he doesn't have much power, or speed.
The biggest asset Murphy offers is his ability to play multiple positions. He can play second base at an average level, which could be something the Mets really need as they continue to groom future star Dilson Herrera. Herrera is just 21 years old and needs some time before being a legit everyday second baseman and Murph could be a great mentor for the young kid.
Murphy can also play a decent third base, which is another need position for the Mets as David Wright continues to age and will need more days off in the coming years.
But Murphy makes a lot of mistakes.
He's a confusing player in a lot of ways, making mental errors in the field and on the basepaths. It can be frustrating to watch.
All this aside, coming into the playoffs I actually wanted the Mets to resign Murphy. He's done great service for the team over the past few years and I really like the versatility he offers to a Mets infield that will be in transition in the coming seasons.
However, with his crazy surge and hot streak right now, his price has gone through the roof. It's going to cost a lot of money to resign him, and I'd rather the Mets allocate the money elsewhere.
It's ironic - his hot streak and what he's doing for the team right now (which is invaluable) - has actually made me want him less.
If Murph is willing to take a reasonable contract, then the Mets should grab him. If not, though, and if he's going to cost what I imagine he will after what he's been up to the past few weeks, I think the Mets are better off letting him go.