Here’s an interesting debate to toss around this morning after reading a column by Rich Couthino of CBS Sports. Rich writes:
I believe it is far from a slam dunk that Daniel Murphy will be back here playing second base for a number of reasons. First of all, a .290 batting average with only 5 homers and 55 RBI’s do not constitute a core bat and Sandy Alderson will be looking to add some right-handed balance to his lineup in 2013. That being said, it would be hard for me to believe that both Lucas Duda AND Daniel Murphy would return next year. Add in the fact that of the rwo players, Murphy would have far more trade market value than Duda.
Couthino also cites durability issues with Murphy who was recently given some time off in August for admitting to being out of gas. “That’s a signal he is not an everyday player”, he writes, and he concludes that Murphy can be a complimentary piece in this lineup but not a core bat..
Murphy is a strange situation to figure out. I must admit I’m sur...