With the position-less Wilmer Flores knocking on the door and arbitration looming, the New York Mets need to make a decision regarding Daniel Murphy and his future as the Mets second baseman. Murphy is the first consistently effective second baseman the Mets have had in years, following a decade of Roberto Alomar, Kaz Matsui, Luis Castillo and a cast of others who bridged the gap between Edgardo Alfonzo and Murph. Compared to other MLB second basemen this season, Murphy finds himself in the top 15 in almost every offensive category through August 22:
Hits: 142 (4th)
Doubles: 26 (Tied – 6th)
Homers: 10 (Tied -10th)
RBI: 57 (7th)
AVG: .277 (8th)
OBP: .310 (15th)
OPS: .708 (13th)
At 28 years of age, Murphy is entering the prime of his career, already a five-year veteran and career .288 hitter. I see no reason to give that up in favor of an unknown like Flores or a free agent signee, because that worked out so well with Castillo. Murph is a bargain considering his output, making $2.93 M in 2013 but is poised for a raise this offseason. It would be money well-spent and despite Murph's attractive value as a trade chip, this franchise needs offense and his would be tough to replace at the position. Everyone knows his defense is lacking, but it has steadily improved over the past two seasons and if the Mets can bring in a top-notch fielder at short and get Ike Davis right offensively, Murphy will be right in his comfort zone flanked with excellent fielders.
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