The New York Mets have made a big move concerning their middle infield. No, Troy Tulowitzki is not coming over in a trade. Instead the Mets have opted to put Daniel Murphy on the disabled list and call up Dilson Herrera from Double-A. Murphy had missed three games battling a calf issue before the decision was made to shut him down for two weeks. Herrera was playing for Binghamton and came over to the Mets along with Vic Black from the Pirates last August.
Mets place Daniel Murphy on DL and call up Dilson Herrera from Double-A. Whoa.
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) August 29, 2014
Herrera has been playing very well at Binghamton and was considered to be a possible replacement for Murphy should the Mets deal him or choose not sign him long term. In 60 games following his promotion to Double-A, Herrera was hitting .333 with nine home runs and 47 RBI’s along with nine stolen bases. His totals on the season split between Double-A Binghamton and A+ St. Luice he’s hitting .319 with 12 home runs and 70 RBI.
Murphy, the Mets only 2014 All Star has been the most consistent hitter for this whole season as well as being the only one hitting over .300. He has nine home runs and 53 RBI while leading the National League in hits with 159. What is concerning about Murphy’s injury is that it was originally thought to only be a cramp. This means that it was either misdiagnosed or the team was downplaying the severity.
It isn’t a secret that the Mets were willing to trade Murphy if they could get a good return from him. It is also known that as he performs better, he’ll be awarded more money in arbitration. The earliest he could be a free agent is 2016. Of course Murphy is a fan favorite not only because of his production but also because of his attitude and hustle. This isn’t to say that Herrera’s performance over the next few weeks could mean Murphy will leave, it is simply a topic worth noting that Herrera has been considered as a possible replacement.
Herrera, as a natural second baseman, will be a defensive upgrade over Murphy as well. Though Murphy has worked hard at improving his defense, it is far from being perfect and can still be viewed as a work in progress.
Though primarily a second baseman, Herrera also has experience at shortstop which could be a benefit to the Mets as well as they are yet to get real consistent production out of either Ruben Tejada or Wilmer Flores.
Vic Black was placed on the DL to make room for Daisuke Matsuzaka as he returns from an elbow issue.
David Wright returned to the lineup after missing 2 games with neck spasms.
The Mets and Travis d’Arnaud have had brief and informal discussions considering a move to left field as a result of d’Arnaud’s concussion history. The discussions are not serious and it should not be expected that any change is imminent. It is however, an interesting idea that may be worth considering down the road if it becomes necessary. Kevin Plawecki is another impressive catching prospect in the Mets’ system who could see some time in Queens in September.