Mets fans can agree, the 2009 season was an embarrassment. We had terrible fielding, poor judgment on the base paths, and most of all... a Triple-A roster. With all the injuries, manager Jerry Manuel was forced to move utility man Daniel Murphy to first base, where the righty was ridiculed all season about how his stick wasn't worthy for the MLB and his fielding was atrocious. So what are we to do with the 24-year-old?
When Murphy first arrived in the New York Mets farm system in 2006, he was drafted as third basemen out of Jacksonville University. The Mets decided to keep him at third, which when he arrived to the Majors, he had no experience besides four games in Double-A Binghamton.
While the Mets continue to shop around for a left fielder, first basemen and a second basemen, most would think Murphy's career in New York is over. However, there's a slim chance that the Mets front office will move Luis Castillo somewhere else, therefore slotting Murphy at second base.
While most will think the move is impossible, trust me when I say this: Daniel Murphy can play second base. Murphy has been a third basemen his whole career. Third base and second base are very similar to their own respect. The basics go like this: field the ground ball, make a play, throw it around the horn. As a spectator myself, I've seen Daniel Murphy play third base. He committed a mere fourteen errors at the hot corner in 2008 while playing for Binghamton and Triple-A New Orleans.
He appeared at second in seventeen games, where he committed five errors. While the move sounds redundant, you have to see light in the situation.
Murphy posted a disappointing season from the plate as a first basemen, batting .266 with 12 home runs, accompanied by 63 RBIs. The numbers were terrible as a first basemen, but if you were to consider him a second basemen, we would be singing a different tune. Murphy would be ranked 16th as a second basemen in batting average, 13 points higher than Texas Ranger Ian Kinsler, 10th in home runs; better than Boston Red Soxs Dustin Pedroia and 15th in RBIs, ranking him higher than Orlando Hudson and Felipe Lopez.
While those numbers aren't dazzling, you have to see through the dark tunnel. Murphy moved around in the order many times, seeing most of his at bats in the sixth spot. Imagine him batting second or eighth, he'd see much better pitching in 2010 with the New York Mets new and healthy lineup.
The move seems unlikely, but I love to think about it. Maybe management gives Murphy a chance (which won't happen). All I know is he won't drop a routine pop-out against the Yankees and won't fall down three steps leading into the dugout.