Alderson weighs in on trading Murphy

June, 14, 2014
Jun 14
2:40
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NEW YORK -- The Mets undoubtedly are getting to a decision point with Daniel Murphy. The second baseman is making $5.8 million this year, is eligible for arbitration one more time, then becomes a free agent after the 2015 season.

And if the Mets' payroll is going to hover in the $85 million range, it seems improbable the club would pay him $8 million or more next season, then outbid others for his services in free agency.

So a natural question becomes: When might the Mets entertain trading Murphy?

Asked during a season-ticket-holder Q&A for an assurance Murphy will not be dealt amid speculation on Twitter and blogs that he may end up available, Sandy Alderson answered: "Look, we have a real appreciation for Dan Murphy. Murphy is somebody who is an offensive player, who has really done some things this year to improve himself as an offensive player. His on-base percentage is much higher than it has been in recent years. He goes the other way. So there's no question in terms of this ballpark, he's been a plus. You know, we talk about all the time: We're looking for players that are willing to play in New York or can play in New York. He hits in New York. He hits in this ballpark.

"He's done a nice job getting himself to the point where he plays second base as well as he does. So, you know, I haven't been on Twitter in a long time. So I know you haven't been reading my tweets. And I don't think you've been reading them from Terry [Collins] either. So, at this point, do what I do: Ignore Twitter and try to ignore the blogosphere and have a beer when you go home tonight."
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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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
11 3.85 125 161
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .299
HRL. Duda 23
RBIL. Duda 69
RD. Murphy 70
OPSL. Duda .841
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.48
SOZ. Wheeler 148