THE DANIEL MURPHY DEFENSE FUND

I was so sorry I missed going out to Citi Field on Saturday and the tribute to Dana Brand at the location of where home plate of Shea Stadium was. I am honored to be a contributor to a book that has been published with essays by fellow Mets bloggers titled “Mets Brand” honoring Dana. All the proceeds of the book will be donated to Lynn Cohen’s Pitch for a Good Cause.

There seems to be this misconception about Daniel Murphy’s defense. I’m not proclaiming Murph is a solid defender but he’s not the liability some in the fan base make him out to be. The media plays into this as well, more the national drop ins on FOX and ESPN who have a tough time doing their homework before broadcasting games, mostly because of their disdain for statistical analysis. If you look at the numbers Murph is not a bad 1st baseman, he’s a serviceable 2nd baseman and an ok fill in at 3rd base. His biggest problem is he doesn’t have the power that is needed to play a corner position but his production is perfect for 2nd base. With David Wright ready to come back by the end of the week, figure Lucas Duda or Jason Pridie would have to be moved with Murph and Nick Evans holding down 1st base and Justin Turner taking over 2nd base with Ruben Tejada back to his utility role.

I’d love to spy on the meetings Sandy Alderson and his staff have when the subject of Jason Bay comes up. I just picture Alderson leaning back in his chair with his hands in back of his head offering a major bonus to anyone who can remotely solve this very expensive dilemma.  I have no idea how the Mets get away from Bay’s declining performance at the unbelievable price of $35 mil over the next 3 years.  That contract is untradeable unless the Mets were to eat at least half of that deal. Bay is troubled by his lack of production and he works hard to improve but you wonder what runs through his mind when each and every day he’s asked the same questions over and over again and now that the boos are reigning from the Citi Field stands, I’d be  surprised if he is in the lineup tonight, I’d bet we see Willie Harris in LF for the makeup game with the Fish.

We are in the throes of the Last Days of Mike Pelfrey. If he’s not dealt, he’ll be DFA. I’d be SHOCKED if Pelfrey is a Met in 2012.

I’m ready to add Angel Pagan in that equation as well. Pagan has had a tough season offensively and a lot of that has been due to injury but a decision will have to be made here as well with Pagan making $3.5 mil this year and looking at a bump in pay to $5-$5.5 mil. Is Pagan worth that much? I don’t think so.

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  1. Funny thing how we end up at these points. Pagan is the kind of guy you want on your team – as a back-up outfielder, pinch-hitter & pinch-runner. I never imagined he’d be an everyday player, but that’s where he is now.

    I can’t get over how much I like Murphy. I don’t see him play too often, but what I hear I love. He hustles; he works like a dog to get better; he makes the most of what he has. BUT, is he really going to be a regular second baseman on a winning team? Or is he the guy that a winning team can call on when they need a hit or a guy to fill in for a few weeks?

    I don’t have that answer, but when I think of Pagan and Murphy as regulars I think of a team that’s never going to be quite good enough. When I picture them as substitutes that’s when I picture the Mets as Championship contenders.

  2. Jason Bay is a complete BUST. But I suppose this goes in line with just about all of the free agents we sign. This club is mired in a negative light. We can’t seem to get someone to produce at the level that warranted getting that player. It just so happens that when the free agent player that signs with the Mets puts on the uniform, that begins the process of decline of the free agent. Look at the last ten years of this occurring and you see the results are the same. Jason Bay is a BUST that unfortunately we are stuck with. That same feeling applies to Johann Santana. If he were to come back healthy and be productive, the Mets need to move him as well.
    Every year we continue to STINK! When will it ever turn around for this franchise.

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