Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 12/10/11

For those teams working with a bankroll that didn’t match that of Scrooge McDuck’s, the Winter Meetings were a time to poke and prod in an effort to see what holes could be filled at an obtainable cost.  The New York Mets managed to address their bullpen and centerfield situations via free agency and trade, while the Los Angeles Dodgers were left wanting.  After seeing infielder Jamey Carroll sign a multi-year deal with the Minnesota Twins, L.A. was apparently in the market for a versatile position player that could give manager Don Mattingly some line-up flexibility.

Enter 26-year-old Daniel Murphy, who hit .320 for the Mets last season while playing third base, second base, and first.

According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, the Dodgers had their sites set on acquiring the 26-year-old, but things changed when the Mets got transaction happy on Tuesday night:

Photo by Michael G. Baron

Daniel Murphy of the Mets is the player the Dodgers tried to trade for at the Winter Meetings, according to a baseball source, and they might make another run at him.

Murphy was the unnamed player general manager Ned Colletti referred to when he said he might be able to upgrade the roster at the Winter Meetings, adding yet another multi-position player after earlier signing Jerry Hairston Jr. and Adam Kennedy.

But Colletti said the trade he thought might happen instead unraveled when the other club satisfied its need elsewhere without trading the player he wanted. That apparently was a reference to the Mets’ acquisition of Giants outfielder Andres Torres. It’s not clear who the Dodgers would have sent to the Mets, although Tony Gwynn Jr. is also an outfield defensive specialist.”

This all makes a lot of sense except I find it hard to believe the Mets would have ever considered a deal for Murphy in which Gwynn Jr. was the centerpiece.  Instead, perhaps one of the Dodgers young relievers were to New York’s liking and once the team acquired Jon Rauch, Frank Francisco, and Ramon Ramirez there was no longer a match.  With D-Murph now scheduled to be New York’s starting second basemen to begin the season, I think any team looking at making an offer would need to really come with something very strong for the Mets to consider.

I understand the Mets listening to offers for just about everyone but after seeing Murphy excel last year at the plate I’d really like to see him get a chance to work at just one position for an extended period of time and get a chance to show whether or not his glove can ever catch up with his bat.  With Jose Reyes gone and Ruben Tejada moving to short, it seems like that plan will finally unfold this Spring and into the season, according to Terry Collins:

Photo by Michael G. Baron

I talked Dan the other day on the phone. We talked about him coming down to Florida early to get ready. And he asked, ‘Where do you think I’m going to be?’ And I really didn’t have an answer for him.

“Now, I do. … With his work ethic, and the fact that when we play those exhibition games, Dan Murphy is going to go play second base. He’s going to play a lot of second base, because the only way he’s going to get better is to be out there. Even though they are exhibition games, I want him out there getting used to being in the middle of the infield.”

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Some coaches expect Tom Brady to 'dramatically age’

Boom or bust players for each NFL team in 2017

Bears GM: ‘Mike Glennon is our starting quarterback’

Lucky Whitehead reportedly claimed by Jets

Reasons for concern with Kyrie Irving's game

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Texans have been ‘blown away’ by Deshaun Watson

Floyd Mayweather is recruiting Nate Diaz to be in his fight corner vs Conor McGregor

When will it be OK to worry about Clayton Kershaw?

Ivy League-educated ex-NFLer questions recent CTE study

Timberwolves seriously exploring Kyrie Irving trade

Is there really such a thing as a Cubs World Series baby boom?

The 'Cooperstown: The New Class' quiz

For the revitalized Pirates, trade deadline has newfound meaning

Every MLB team's best and worst deadline trade from the last 25 years

The 'Kyrie revolts against the King' quiz

The most memorable moments from the class of 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees

BIG3 Ref Hotline Bling: James White slams the phone down

Box Score 7/25: The pressure of the trade deadline is here

The 'When George Brett went completely batty' quiz

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

Best of Yardbarker: General managers take the spotlight

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

For the revitalized Pirates, trade deadline has newfound meaning

The 'Cooperstown: The New Class' quiz

The 'Kyrie revolts against the King' quiz

BIG3 Ref Hotline Bling: James White slams the phone down

The 'When George Brett went completely batty' quiz

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

The National League Wild Card is suddenly relevant again

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker