The left-handed hitter made his big-league debut with the Amazin’s in 2008, and he’d rather not leave Queens anytime soon.
“I want to be in New York,” Murphy, who played Santa Claus at the team’s holiday party at Citi Field on Tuesday, told reporters. “Hopefully my best baseball is ahead of me. I’ve been a part of the problem, so you want to be part of the solution...
I see moves are being made,” Murphy said. “And I think our ballclub’s better today than it was at the end of the season. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.”
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I certainly don't consider Daniel Murphy a player you can't win with. He was a top ten or so offensive second baseman last year, and while he may have not made a lot of the flashier plays, he was more than serviceable in the field. Reports are that Alderson and Co. are asking a king's ransom for Murphy's services, and that may have been their plan all along. While moving Murphy for some exceptional talent would be a great move, shuffling him off to another team just to bring in a reclamation project or a similar player would be pointless. He provided one of the few consistent, effective bats in the lineup last season, and can do it again this year.
At this point, if we aren't getting back top talent, keep Murph and let's win this year.