Jeff: Murph in 'very pleased' group, too

October, 31, 2013
Jeff Wilpon, asked by to clarify a Tuesday remark that unintentionally raised some eyebrows, said he was speaking off the cuff two days ago and definitely omitted some players he should have included while listing current Mets with whom the organization is content.

At the Boys & Girls Club of Garfield, N.J., I had asked Wilpon: "Are there some things going into the offseason that you're really happy with, where they don't need touching? Third base, David Wright, is an obvious thing. But are there other, less obvious things that you're pretty pleased with?"

Wilpon answered: "I think three of the starting pitchers we're very pleased with -- Niese, Gee and Wheeler. That, along with David, I think would probably be the three or four we're solidified on."

Wilpon indicated Thursday that he omitted other players who belonged on that list, including Daniel Murphy, Travis d'Arnaud, Juan Lagares and some of the up-and-coming pitching prospects.

"I should have mentioned Murphy," Wilpon specifically added.

Team insiders previously have indicated that Murphy should be available to other teams via trade, but it is far from a likelihood he will be dealt. The Mets also are expected to consider using Murphy at first base, but that would seem to require the Mets trading Ike Davis and potentially Lucas Duda, too.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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Bartolo Colon
15 4.09 151 202
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187