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2018 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 33)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
23 .286 1 3 3 0 .271 0.1
Birth Date4-1-1985
Height6' 1"
Weight221 lbs
Age33 years, 5 months, 20 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
2.22014
2.12015
6.82016
5.62017
0.92018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 NYN 23 49 151 131 24 41 9 3 2 62 18 28 1 1 0 17 0 2 .313 .397 .473 .307 8.8 0.4 0.9
2009 NYN 24 155 556 508 60 135 38 4 12 217 38 69 0 6 4 63 4 2 .266 .313 .427 .258 9.7 4.6 1.5
2011 NYN 26 109 423 391 49 125 28 2 6 175 24 42 3 2 3 49 5 5 .320 .362 .448 .285 15.1 1.4 1.8
2012 NYN 27 156 612 571 62 166 40 3 6 230 36 82 1 4 0 65 10 2 .291 .332 .403 .268 24.4 -3.1 2.3
2013 NYN 28 161 697 658 92 188 38 4 13 273 32 95 2 5 0 78 23 3 .286 .319 .415 .265 27.6 -8.1 2.1
2014 NYN 29 143 642 596 79 172 37 2 9 240 39 86 2 5 57 13 5 .289 .332 .403 .277 24.9 -5.1 2.2
2015 NYN 30 130 538 499 56 140 38 2 14 224 31 38 2 6 0 73 2 2 .281 .322 .449 .283 24.7 -5.4 2.1
2016 WAS 31 142 582 531 88 184 47 5 25 316 35 57 8 8 0 104 5 3 .347 .390 .595 .352 70.7 -4.7 6.8
2017 WAS 32 144 593 534 94 172 43 3 23 290 52 77 4 3 0 93 2 0 .322 .384 .543 .314 51.5 3.8 5.6
2018 CHN 33 24 98 92 14 24 3 0 5 42 6 18 0 0 0 9 1 0 .261 .306 .457 .271 4.5 -1.3 0.3
2018 WAS 33 56 205 190 17 57 9 0 6 84 13 17 0 2 0 29 1 0 .300 .341 .442 .281 7.9 -3.6 0.4
Career1269509747016351404330281212153324609234276376624.299.344.458.287269.8-21.125.9

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2006 BRO A- 8 34 .261 .242 .308 .346 .262 .269 85 0 0.9 -0.6 0.0 0.2 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.1
2006 KNG Rk 9 37 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .233 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 MTS Rk 8 22 .148 .202 .273 .254 .214 .067 110 -2.7 0.7 -0.4 0.0 -0.1 -2.5 -0.3 -2.5 -0.3
2007 SLU A+ 135 559 .276 .259 .332 .378 .257 .307 102 10.2 17.7 2.1 20.9 -0.8 29.2 4.9 29.2 4.9
2008 NYN MLB 49 151 .307 .256 .324 .409 .259 .382 93 7.6 4.4 -0.9 0.4 -2.2 8.8 0.9 8.8 0.9
2008 BRO A- 3 14 .373 .247 .325 .339 .249 .583 92 1.7 0.4 -0.3 0.0 -0.3 1.6 0.2 1.6 0.2
2008 BIN AA 95 407 .299 .263 .337 .399 .259 .324 102 17.3 12.0 -0.2 4.9 1.2 30.4 3.5 30.4 3.5
2008 NWO AAA 1 5 .192 .276 .366 .474 .270 .250 81 -0.4 0.2 0 0.1 0.4 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2009 NYN MLB 155 556 .258 .261 .328 .413 .261 .284 95 -1.3 16.0 -8.4 4.6 3.4 9.7 1.5 9.7 1.5
2010 SLU A+ 3 13 .756 .243 .300 .604 .251 .700 86 7 0.4 -0.2 0.4 -0.0 7.1 0.8 7.1 0.8
2010 BUF AAA 8 35 .233 .269 .333 .423 .257 .290 105 -1.1 1.1 -0.6 0.2 0.1 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2011 NYN MLB 109 423 .285 .252 .315 .394 .258 .345 98 10.3 11.4 -3.2 1.4 -3.3 15.1 1.8 15.1 1.8
2012 NYN MLB 156 612 .268 .254 .313 .401 .258 .329 96 4.9 16.8 -1.2 -3.1 4.0 24.4 2.3 24.4 2.3
2013 NYN MLB 161 697 .265 .253 .311 .390 .256 .315 97 3 18.3 -1.3 -8.1 7.6 27.6 2.1 27.6 2.1
2014 NYN MLB 143 642 .277 .252 .310 .381 .260 .322 96 10.1 16.6 -0.4 -5.1 -1.3 24.9 2.2 24.9 2.2
2015 NYN MLB 130 538 .283 .258 .319 .406 .266 .278 90 12 14.5 -1 -5.4 -0.9 24.7 2.1 24.7 2.1
2015 SLU A+ 4 17 .380 .244 .299 .328 .239 .467 103 2.1 0.5 0.1 -0.2 -0.3 2.3 0.2 2.3 0.2
2015 MTS Rk 1 2 .668 .143 .402 .143 .297 1.000 99 0.9 0.1 0 -0.0 0.0 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2016 WAS MLB 142 582 .352 .255 .321 .412 .268 .348 92 54.8 16.5 -2 -4.7 1.4 70.7 6.8 70.7 6.8
2017 WAS MLB 144 593 .314 .259 .327 .432 .270 .341 97 33.7 17.3 -0.8 3.8 1.2 51.5 5.6 51.5 5.6
2018 CHN MLB 24 98 .271 .238 .302 .389 .252 .275 101 1 2.7 -0.1 -1.3 0.8 4.5 0.3 4.5 0.3
2018 WAS MLB 56 205 .281 .245 .316 .402 .264 .302 100 4.3 5.7 -1.2 -3.6 -1.0 7.9 0.4 7.9 0.4
2018 HAR AA 10 44 .303 .268 .335 .423 .274 .226 103 2 1.3 -0.2 -0.4 0.5 3.6 0.3 3.6 0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2006 KNG Rk 37 2 9 0 0 2 7 4 1 0 0 .273 .351 .455 .182 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 MTS Rk 22 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 0 .056 .227 .056 .000 .148 -2.5 0.0 -0.3
2006 BRO A- 34 2 7 1 0 0 3 4 3 0 0 .241 .333 .276 .034 .261 0.5 0.0 0.1
2007 SLU A+ 559 68 143 34 3 11 78 42 61 6 3 .285 .345 .430 .145 .276 29.2 20.9 4.9
2008 BRO A- 14 1 7 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 .500 .500 .500 .000 .373 1.6 0.0 0.2
2008 BIN AA 407 56 110 26 1 13 67 39 46 14 5 .308 .380 .496 .188 .299 30.4 4.9 3.5
2008 NWO AAA 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .250 .400 .250 .000 .192 0.2 0.1 0.0
2008 NYN MLB 151 24 41 9 3 2 17 18 28 0 2 .313 .397 .473 .160 .307 8.8 0.4 0.9
2009 NYN MLB 556 60 135 38 4 12 63 38 69 4 2 .266 .313 .427 .161 .258 9.7 4.6 1.5
2010 SLU A+ 13 2 8 1 0 1 6 2 0 0 0 .727 .769 1.091 .364 .756 7.1 0.4 0.8
2010 BUF AAA 35 4 10 3 0 1 8 1 2 1 0 .294 .314 .471 .176 .233 -0.4 0.2 -0.0
2011 NYN MLB 423 49 125 28 2 6 49 24 42 5 5 .320 .362 .448 .128 .285 15.1 1.4 1.8
2012 NYN MLB 612 62 166 40 3 6 65 36 82 10 2 .291 .332 .403 .112 .268 24.4 -3.1 2.3
2013 NYN MLB 697 92 188 38 4 13 78 32 95 23 3 .286 .319 .415 .129 .265 27.6 -8.1 2.1
2014 NYN MLB 642 79 172 37 2 9 57 39 86 13 5 .289 .332 .403 .114 .277 24.9 -5.1 2.2
2015 MTS Rk 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 .000 .668 1.0 -0.0 0.1
2015 SLU A+ 17 2 7 2 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 .467 .529 .600 .133 .380 2.3 -0.2 0.2
2015 NYN MLB 538 56 140 38 2 14 73 31 38 2 2 .281 .322 .449 .168 .283 24.7 -5.4 2.1
2016 WAS MLB 582 88 184 47 5 25 104 35 57 5 3 .347 .390 .595 .249 .352 70.7 -4.7 6.8
2017 WAS MLB 593 94 172 43 3 23 93 52 77 2 0 .322 .384 .543 .221 .314 51.5 3.8 5.6
2018 HAR AA 44 8 9 2 0 2 7 6 4 0 0 .243 .364 .459 .216 .303 3.6 -0.4 0.3
2018 CHN MLB 98 14 24 3 0 5 9 6 18 1 0 .261 .306 .457 .196 .271 4.5 -1.3 0.3
2018 WAS MLB 205 17 57 9 0 6 29 13 17 1 0 .300 .341 .442 .142 .281 7.9 -3.6 0.4

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 630 0.4905 0.4063 0.8242 0.5372 0.2804 0.8976 0.6889 0.1758 307 -0.004465
2009 2071 0.4775 0.4679 0.8731 0.6411 0.3096 0.9448 0.7373 0.1269 890 -0.006789
2011 1557 0.4483 0.4560 0.8873 0.6404 0.3062 0.9329 0.8099 0.1127 670 -0.001662
2012 2242 0.4536 0.4630 0.8690 0.6264 0.3273 0.9246 0.7805 0.1310 992 0.007286
2013 2495 0.4934 0.4693 0.8676 0.6198 0.3228 0.9253 0.7598 0.1324 1067 -0.007685
2014 2326 0.4893 0.4794 0.8646 0.6503 0.3157 0.9230 0.7493 0.1354 957 0.000312
2015 1854 0.4779 0.4935 0.9104 0.6772 0.3254 0.9650 0.8063 0.0896 792 -0.004048
2016 2038 0.4764 0.4681 0.8795 0.6437 0.3083 0.9376 0.7690 0.1205 0 0.000000
2017 2206 0.4819 0.4615 0.8625 0.6378 0.2975 0.9307 0.7265 0.1375 0 0.000000
2018 1100 0.5209 0.4964 0.8773 0.6754 0.3017 0.9328 0.7421 0.1227 0 0.000000
Career185190.47920.46940.87380.63960.31250.93320.76090.1262629.6436-0.0016

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-12 2014-09-13 DTD 1 1 Left Forearm Contusion HBP -
2014-08-25 2014-09-09 15-DL 15 13 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2013-02-19 2013-03-28 Camp 37 0 Right Trunk Strain Intercostal and Recieved Cortisone Injection - -
2012-09-13 2012-09-14 DTD 1 0 - Low Back Stiffness - -
2012-08-27 2012-08-28 DTD 1 0 Right Shoulder Strain - -
2011-08-08 2011-09-29 60-DL 52 49 Left Knee Sprain MCL - -
2010-06-03 2010-09-07 Minors 96 0 Right Knee Sprain MCL - Player Collision -
2010-03-31 2010-05-24 15-DL 54 45 Right Knee Sprain MCL -
2008-11-20 2008-11-20 WIN 0 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-10-24 2008-10-24 WIN 0 0 Forearm Laceration -
2008-06-16 2008-06-30 Minors 14 0 Right Shoulder Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 WAS $17,500,000
2017 WAS $12,000,000
2016 WAS $8,000,000
2015 NYN $8,000,000
2014 NYN $5,700,000
2013 NYN $2,925,000
2012 NYN $512,196
2011 NYN $422,000
2010 NYN $419,000
2009 NYN $401,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$38,379,196
2018Current$17,500,000
10 yrPvs + Cur$55,879,196
10 yrTotal$55,879,196

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 109 dACES3 years/$37.5M (2016-18)

Details
  • 3 years/$37.5M (2016-18). Signed by Washington as a free agent 1/6/16. 16:$8M, 17:$12M, 18:$17.5M. $5.5M of 2018 salary is deferred without interest, to be paid $2.5M on 1/15/19 and $3M on 1/15/20. Deferrals reducing contract's present-day value to $37,270,849, according to MLB calculation. Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Washington 8/21/18 with $3,763,441 remaining on contract. As part of the deal, Nationals paid Cubs an undisclosed amount of cash.
  • 1 year/$8M (2015). Re-signed by NY Mets 1/16/15 (avoided arbitration, $8.6M-$7.4M).
  • 1 year/$5.7M (2014). Re-signed by NY Mets 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$2.925M (2013). Re-signed by NY Mets 1/29/13 (avoided arbitration, $3.4M-$2.55M).
  • 1 year/$512,196 (2012). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/12.
  • 1 year/$0.422M (2011). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/2/11.
  • 1 year/$0.419M (2010). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/10/10.
  • 1 year/$0.401M (2009). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/2/09 (split contract).
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by NY Mets 8/2/08.
  • Drafted by NY Mets 2006 (13-394) (Jacksonville University).

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 500 64 154 34 2 16 69 33 55 4 2 .335 .381 .522 .302 36.3 2B -2 3.6
80o 484 60 145 32 2 15 65 31 54 4 2 .325 .371 .507 .291 30.2 2B -2 3.0
70o 472 58 137 30 2 14 62 30 54 3 1 .314 .360 .489 .284 25.9 2B -2 2.5
60o 462 55 131 29 2 13 60 28 53 3 1 .307 .351 .475 .278 22.5 2B -2 2.2
50o 453 53 127 28 2 13 58 27 53 3 1 .303 .347 .473 .272 19.4 2B -2 1.8
40o 444 51 121 27 2 12 56 26 52 3 1 .294 .339 .457 .266 16.4 2B -2 1.5
30o 434 49 116 26 2 12 53 25 52 3 1 .288 .330 .452 .259 13.2 2B -2 1.2
20o 422 46 109 24 2 11 51 24 51 3 1 .277 .320 .433 .252 9.7 2B -2 0.8
10o 406 43 100 22 1 10 47 22 50 2 1 .264 .305 .406 .242 5.2 2B -2 0.4
Weighted Mean455531272821358285331.302.347.470.27320.02B -21.9

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20193451765143302166631652.297.341.465.2782.726.50.42.313.99.9-1.3
20203548261130301156232631.293.343.468.2802.625.30.42.012.99.9-1.2
20213644556121271135728570.295.343.464.2792.422.70.31.712.08.7-1.1
20223738848104231114825520.292.340.456.2751.918.20.31.410.46.1-1.0
2023383444392201104322460.291.339.457.2751.716.10.31.29.25.4-0.8
202439299378118193718400.289.335.453.2721.313.00.20.98.03.8-0.7
202540260326916173216350.284.331.447.2691.110.40.20.77.02.4-0.6
202641250306715173015350.285.331.445.2681.09.70.20.66.72.2-0.6
202742247306514173015350.284.330.441.2670.99.10.20.66.61.8-0.6

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 81)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 91 Brandon Phillips 2014 .255
2 88 Ian Kinsler 2015 .269
3 88 Aaron Hill 2015 .241
4 87 Todd Walker 2006 .269
5 87 Orlando Hudson 2011 .259
6 86 Brian Roberts 2011 .214
7 86 Jed Lowrie 2017 .276
8 86 Mark Ellis 2010 .273
9 85 Brooks Robinson 1970 .282
10 84 Freddy Sanchez 2011 .270
11 84 Placido Polanco 2009 .252
12 84 Red Schoendienst 1956 .259
13 84 Mike Lowell 2007 .299
14 83 Skip Schumaker 2013 .242
15 83 Jimmy Rollins 2012 .269
16 83 Lou Whitaker 1990 .271
17 83 Bobby Doerr 1951 .286
18 83 Robinson Cano 2016 .300
19 82 Julio Franco 1992 .244
20 82 Maicer Izturis 2014 .239
21 82 Johnny Ray 1990 .252
22 82 Cal Ripken Jr. 1994 .273
23 82 Roberto Alomar 2001 .319
24 82 Mark Loretta 2005 .259
25 82 Martin Prado 2017 .221
26 82 Nomar Garciaparra 2007 .253
27 81 Yadier Molina 2016 .278
28 81 Juan Rivera 2012 .245
29 81 Dustin Pedroia 2017 .266
30 81 Ben Zobrist 2014 .286
31 81 Bill Buckner 1983 .256
32 81 Keith Lockhart 1998 .248
33 81 Ronnie Belliard 2008 .297
34 81 Bill Doran 1991 .267
35 81 Shane Victorino 2014 .250
36 81 Jose Reyes 2016 .285
37 81 Art Howe 1980 .294
38 81 Victor Martinez 2012 .000 DNP
39 81 David Murphy 2015 .263
40 80 Miguel Tejada 2007 .269
41 80 Alan Trammell 1991 .261
42 80 Mike Lamb 2009 .000 DNP
43 80 David DeJesus 2013 .269
44 80 Mark DeRosa 2008 .297
45 80 Omar Infante 2015 .202
46 80 Hideki Matsui 2007 .299
47 80 Luis Gonzalez 2001 .354
48 80 Carlos Lee 2009 .289
49 80 Denny Walling 1987 .277
50 80 Bill Madlock 1984 .232
51 80 Bobby Avila 1957 .264
52 80 Aubrey Huff 2010 .327
53 80 Michael Young 2010 .257
54 80 Ray Durham 2005 .270
55 80 Dick McAuliffe 1973 .289
56 80 Sean Casey 2008 .255
57 80 Kenji Johjima 2009 .241
58 80 Vernon Wells 2012 .252
59 80 John Valentin 2000 .247
60 79 Jhonny Peralta 2015 .273
61 79 Smoky Burgess 1960 .291
62 79 Carlos Guillen 2009 .264
63 79 Mike Fontenot 2013 .000 DNP
64 79 Magglio Ordonez 2007 .338
65 79 Ramon Hernandez 2009 .244
66 79 Angel Pagan 2015 .236
67 79 Ed Kranepool 1978 .236
68 79 Kevin McReynolds 1993 .263
69 79 George Kell 1956 .265
70 79 Buddy Bell 1985 .242
71 79 Mark Kotsay 2009 .251
72 79 Harvey Kuenn 1964 .272
73 79 Wally Joyner 1995 .294
74 79 Pete Runnels 1961 .276
75 79 Aramis Ramirez 2011 .307
76 79 Dale Mitchell 1955 .229
77 79 Billy Williams 1971 .312
78 78 B.J. Surhoff 1998 .273
79 78 Tino Martinez 2001 .282
80 78 Bill Freehan 1975 .252
81 78 Brian McCann 2017 .262
82 78 Marlon Anderson 2007 .288
83 78 Rafael Furcal 2011 .249
84 78 Tommy Holmes 1950 .326
85 78 Jay Payton 2006 .265
86 78 Coco Crisp 2013 .295
87 78 Adrian Beltre 2012 .322
88 78 David Segui 2000 .286
89 78 Jose Vidro 2008 .230
90 78 Del Crandall 1963 .197
91 78 Barry Larkin 1997 .313
92 78 Mike Greenwell 1997 .000 DNP
93 78 Ted Simmons 1983 .291
94 78 Edgar Renteria 2010 .251
95 78 Scott Rolen 2008 .278
96 78 Andy Pafko 1954 .262
97 78 Chase Utley 2012 .286
98 78 Adam Kennedy 2009 .265
99 78 Willard Marshall 1954 .248
100 78 Mike Sweeney 2007 .252

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .299 .340 .455 .291
11 vs R (Multi) .322 .365 .533 .325
18 Split (Multi) .023 .025 .077 .034
19 LgAvg (Multi) .020 .029 .071 .031
30 vs L (2016) .329 .376 .548 .335
31 vs R (2016) .354 .396 .614 .360
38 Split (2016) .025 .020 .066 .024
39 LgAvg (2016) .020 .028 .073 .031

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2018 Due to publishing agreements, the 2018 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2018 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2017 We spend a lot of time and energy trying to educate people about the dangers of buying into small sample sizes, and then every now and again a guy like Murphy has to go and ruin everything. He kept his 2015 postseason party raging for another six months, clearing his career OPS by 200 points—good enough to lead the Senior Circuit. (He also paced it in doubles and slugging percentage.) Sure he was still one of the poorest defenders at second base that Major League Baseball had to offer, but after he posted the fourth-highest VORP in the game, the glove wasn’t exactly the doomsday instrument of impending bench relegation that it once appeared to be. Murphy is living proof that mechanical and approach changes well into established careers can sometimes unlock wondrous new worlds, and his three-year deal with the Nats is on pace to comfortably pay for itself before Memorial Day—even with the draft pick accounted for.
2016 Hey, we're romantics, too. We love to get caught up in the hoopla and take one crazy stretch completely out of context. That's what makes baseball fun. Which is why so many made such a big deal out of Murphy's... .198/.258/.346 line in April. Well, get it out of your mind now, reader; it put the whole season completely out of whack! There are plenty of better reasons to devalue Murphy: He's 31 this year, and he's already the league's worst defensive second baseman. But a team that believes in his bat might remember that he's played his entire career out of position to accommodate David Wright. A long-awaited return to third base could extend his career. Just don't go flying off the handle based on one month, okay? Come on, guys, sample size. We've been over this!
2015 The sobering reality of Murphy's “All-Star” campaign is that the gross numbers are only slightly less empty than his glove after a grounder to his left. Murphy is the prototypical “professional hitter,” which is to say he's an honest hitter: He doesn't cheat, preferring to remain ready for any pitch type and location. That's a nice approach on its face, and it makes for some impressive line drives the other way, but it negates the power that could make Murphy a star. As is, he might be a star nonetheless were he not such an exquisitely poor defender. When Ruben Tejada and Lucas Duda need you to step it up on defense, you've got a big problem.
2014 Murphy is the sort of player the Mets seem to be developing in abundance: He hits for a decent average, but paucities of on-base and slugging force his questionable defense into more demanding positions than he can play. The -7.5 FRAA don't tell the whole story: When Ike Davis is repeatedly caught off first base because he needs to pursue everything to his right, thats rarified air. Three years ago, the Mets thought they had a big-league hitter on their hands, and searched desperately for a place to play him. But the hitting leveled off and the search has failed. He may hit at this rate through the end of the decade, but he wont be a viable starter nearly as long.
2013 Murphy's batting line doesn't jump off the page, but here are the last names of some second basemen he outhit in 2012: Phillips, Weeks (two of them), Kinsler, Kendrick. Adequate defense, adequate hitting, and adequate health, mixed with some eye of newt and a troll tooth or two, results in a useful ballplayer for the league minimum. However, an arbitration paycheck and Evans, Flores, and Havens on the farm might spell a midseason trade to a contending team that finds itself staring into the abyss of a .220 TAv at the keystone.
2012 After a lost 2010 season due to knee problems, Murphy was a long shot to make the team, but he ended up getting more than 400 plate appearances as a fill-in guy, whether for the injured Ike Davis and David Wright on the corners, or as one of the many who got an audition at second base. Even more remarkable is the fact that he hit .320, although it came without walks or power. Nobody thinks he'll do that again, not even the Mets, but he does have big-league value as a player who can play multiple positions and hit a bit, which will be his role once again in 2012.
2011 Murphy is a tweener due to both skill and circumstance. He played third base in the minors but isnt a good glove and is blocked by David Wright in any case; his bat isnt strong enough to carry first base and the position is now held by Ike Davis; even if left field hadnt been deeded to Jason Bay for an additional three years, Murphys bat wouldnt play and his outfield routes often involved stopping in mid-play to ask for directions to the nearest fly ball. Working his way around the diamond, apparently by processs of elimination, Murphy spent time at the keystone in the Dominican Winter League without embarrassing himself and could compete for the job in spring training. Even if he were to win the job with a hot spring, health is a concern he sprained his knee near the end of spring training and was kayoed shortly after returning to minor-league action in late May by an MCL tear sustained when a baserunner took him out at second base. Murphys contact-oriented bat suggests he could be a natural pinch-hitter, and that may prove to be his best defensive position as well.
2010 Murphy began the season in left field, a position at which he looks not unlike a novice on his first orienteering expedition; you really haven't experienced baseball at its fullest until you've seen an outfielder stop to take a compass reading before chasing after the ball. With Delgado's demise he moved over to first base, where he showed far more promise, as often happens when transplanted third basemen (Murphy's minor-league position) move across the diamond. Unfortunately, he wields a light bat for the position: Murphy makes excellent contact, but the downside is that he takes few walks, and combine that with only small gifts in the power department, and you get production far short of first-base expectations. The Mets also found he needed to be platooned, and his performance away from Citi was weak (.238/.304/.358). Murphy did have a stronger second half, hitting .282/.313/.485, which still isn't first base-worthy but at least gives hope that the potential exists for him to narrow the gap.
2009 Murphy was the third position player from the 2006 draft to make the majors, after Evan Longoria (third pick) and Manny Burriss (33rd), despite not being selected until the the 13th round (394th overall). The Mets felt he was ready due to an advanced plate approach; Murphy's pitch recognition skills ranked as tops in the system, and he demonstrated that ability in the majors: after getting called up on August 2, Murphy saw 4.25 pitches per plate appearance, a figure that would have ranked third in the NL over the full season. Finding a defensive position where he can stick has been a challenge; the Mets are hoping Murphy will improve to adequate in left field; they tried him at second in the AFL, but that's just wishful thinking. As it stands now, he'll platoon with Fernando Tatis.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2011-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)First Answer: 1:04pm Chat time Temperature: 95 degrees (Heat Index 106) Wind blowing out to CF at 8mph
(Mike Ferrin from Baltimore)
Did you know: Daniel Murphy's in the Top 10 in hitting in the NL? I sure didn't... (Mike Ferrin)
2011-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where do you think Daniel Murphy ends up, both position and team-wise?
(bigcity from NY)
I love the super utility roll for him. Let you spell guys all over. He certainly doesn't hurt you offensively as an extra guy. If you needed to play him everyday at 2B, does it kill you? I guess the big question is: Is 2B REALLY a defensive position? If not, well, the bat certainly plays there. (Mike Ferrin)
2011-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where would you rank Allen Craig amongst NL 2B once he gets eligibility?
(KD from Loop)
Depends how much they play Schumaker. If the PT gets split relatively evenly, he's probably somewhere in the middle, ahead of guys like Daniel Murphy and Jonathan Herrera, maybe in line with a guy like Darwin Barney. It really depends on the PT, though. (Derek Carty)
2011-03-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who will be playing 2B for the Mets this year?
(bfitzge3 from Upstate NY)
Head says Daniel Murphy, since they've seen him before and at least know his bat, although his glove may be suspect. Gut says Brad Emaus, because they have to keep him on the roster as a Rule 5 pick, he'll be superior defensively, and shouldn't be too much less than Murphy with the bat. (Cory Schwartz)
2010-05-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi John How much time do you think Chris Carter is going to have with the Mets? Thanks
(Ed from Cranford, NJ)
That's a great question. I would say until they are ready to bring Daniel Murphy back from Buffalo, where he has been optioned after being activated from the DL. I'd like to see Carter get a shot to show what he can do. (John Perrotto)
2010-03-23 16:30:00 (link to chat)Ike Davis is way better than Daniel Murphy... why are the Mets burring this guy? I know he needs more time at Triple A... but it can't be any worse than Murphy and .133 avg so far.
(Jquinton82 from NY)
I really wouldn't read into Spring Training stats much at all. I'd look only at power numbers if anything for hitters, and maybe K/BB for pitchers. There's too much noise there. Here's the thing about calling up Ike Davis-- do you think he'll be better in 2016 or 2010? Because the Mets get him for six years without needing to pay the market price of his talent. They can pick the six years as 2010-2015 or 2011-2016. Are the Mets going to be more competitive in 2016? Maybe that's another reason. (Matt Swartz)
2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Jack Cust make any sense for the Mets? What would be Oakland's asking price, maybe Daniel Murphy in a straight swap?
(Robin from NJ)
I have no idea why the Mets would want Jack Cust. He can't play the outfield, the NL doesn't have a DH, and unless they were going to use him in a Matt Stairs with the Phillies type of role, it makes no sense. And even if they did want him to be their Stairs, there are plenty of freely available guys like Andy Tracy who could do the same thing without expensing much. (Eric Seidman)
2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Starts Jermey Reed at 1b and Daniel Murphy in LF and Gary Sheffield in RF (go get 'em Carlos!) as Ryan Church sits the bench. Starts Gary Sheffield in RF at bats him 4th. Omir Santos starts again! Sacrifice bunts with no one out and a runner on second IN THE FIRST INNING. Pinch hits for Daniel Murphy with Angel F. Pagan with the bases loaded and one out in the 8th inning down by two. These are all things Jerry Manuel did JUST LAST NIGHT. Was he this bad in Chicago? BTW- Mets didn't score in the first (or ever for that matter.) Pagan grounded into a double play. Sheffield went 0 for 4 and left 4 on base.
(Dave from NJ)
He was, and he will be. That the Mets were impressed with him was proof they didn't remember that this was what happened last time around: Manuel aced his interview, says all the right things in a conference room, and then handicapped his ballclub with his fascination with ways of insinuating himself into the ballgame. I know it means something to Mets fans if I label the man "Torborgian," but that's what you're working with, with a dash of braggadocio to spice things up a bit. (Christina Kahrl)


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