The New York Mets' holiday party seems to deliver more than just good tidings every year. For several years, the team's holiday party has had an impact on the team going forward. It isn't even the fact that several of the players who have dressed up as Santa Claus have ended up departing the team later that winter (like Kris Benson). Last year's holiday party saw R.A. Dickey air his grievances about contract negotiations, and he was traded to Toronto within a few weeks.
This year's Santa for the party was second baseman Daniel Murphy, who was assisted in his duties by Zack Wheeler and Mr. Met. Like Dickey, Murphy's name has been bandied about in trade rumors throughout the winter. The Mets reportedly shopped Murphy during the Winter Meetings, and chose to keep him around when no one was willing to meet their high price for him. Murphy chose to address the rumors at the event, but he took a noticeably different approach then Dickey last season.
Murphy told reporters, including ESPN New York's Adam Rubin, that he wants to remain in New York going forward. Murphy, who has been with the Mets for his entire career, is coming off his best offensive season. Murphy told reporters,
"I want to be in New York. We've struggled the last couple of years, and I also feel like hopefully my best baseball is ahead of me. So when you feel like you've been a little part of the problem, you want to be a part of the solution. So that's what I'm looking forward to — to hopefully being part of the solution around here. … I think I'll be here. But that's one of those things that's outside of my control. I want to be here. I think this organization is headed in the right direction, and I really want to be a part of it."
To be fair to the Mets, they aren't actively looking to deal their best offensive player from a year ago. Multiple reports indicate the Mets are seeking a very high return for Murphy, and it is one they are unlikely to get. Murphy will be slotted in near the top of the Mets' batting order next season, and he may even get an opportunity to lead off. Murphy will get his opportunity to be a part of the solution, and the Mets are hoping he can build off a strong 2013 season.
- Report: Daniel Murphy on Trading Block at Winter Meetings
- Mets 101 Player Review Series: Daniel Murphy
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