Found November 21, 2011 on Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog:
In a post to Mets 360, Brian Joura explains why Daniel Murphy should be the primary choice at second base - regardless of whether or not the Mets retain Jose Reyes this winter. “The surprise shouldn’t be that the Mets want to play Murphy at second base if Reyes leaves,” Joura says, “The surprise should be that he’s not the first option regardless of who plays shortstop.” Ruben Tejada showed signs of maturity last season. His ability to make contact and hit line drives was impressive, a sign that his bat speed has improved along with his ability to read pitches. Even so, I’m still not convinced Tejada is an everyday player. And so, here’s the problem: If Reyes stays and Murphy is relegated to a utility role, Murphy’s offensive value would be maximized – and, though the Mets would be strong defensively up the middle, there would be drop off offensively between he and Murphy. At the same time, it is very important to be strong defensively up the middle, especially for the Mets who will
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