An article Monday in the Daily News claims at least two teams “have done preliminary homework” on Daniel Murphy, but so far Sandy Alderson says he is not inclined to trade him. What Alderson does with Murphy will show what he really thinks of this team that he has constructed.
I have been saying for a while that I expect the Mets to trade Daniel Murphy; after all, he will be a free agent after the 2015 season, a season in which he might make upwards of $8 million. That might be too much for a player like Murphy, and will almost definitely be too much for the stingy Mets.
Let’s say Alderson holds onto Murphy for one more year and trades some of his excess starting pitching for a proven power hitter. That will be an indication that Alderson thinks his plan for the Mets has finally come to fruition and they will be ready to compete for the post season.
However, if Alderson trades Murphy and/or a couple of starters for prospects, it is a sign that Alderson thinks the team is not ready and that this seemingly unending rebuilding process still has a ways to go.
If the second scenario plays out, it would be a damn shame and should cost Alderson his job. This is year four for him and his grand plan, and the Mets have steadily been getting worse. If Alderson does not makes moves to drastically improve the big league club in 2015, how long does he need? Shouldn’t five years be enough?
If I had to make a prediction, I would say that Murphy will be dealt to a desperate contender at the trading deadline for a high-end prospect, just as Alderson was trying to do in the off-season. It will weaken the team’s already putrid offense and send the Mets to a 90-loss season.
It will also be another signal that Mets fans will have to wait until 2016 for the team to be any good. The Mets are losing fans on a daily basis — how many will be left by then? Other than that, Sandy Alderson is doing an excellent job rebuilding the Mets.