I was watching the Mets v. Braves game on Thursday night and in the bottom of the 9th, Daniel Murphy made an amazing "Derek Jeter-esque" jump throw from second base. The first thought through my mind was "Wow, Murphy has come a long way from his poor defensive days in LF."
I then thought more in depth about it.....Daniel Murphy has been extremely solid defensively this season. The statistics back him up as well.
Murphy currently ranks 5th amongst National League 2B in Put Outs, 3rd in Assists, and actually LEADS THE LEAGUE in double plays turned. He's also committed less errors (4) than notable guys such as Brandon Phillips, Rickie Weeks, Chase Utley, Marco Scutaro, and Dan Uggla.
Perhaps its time we start thinking of Daniel Murphy as part of the future of this organization. Yes, we have Wilmer Flores waiting in the wings, and performing well in AAA, but Murphy is a proven commodity, is only 28, and is under team control until the end of 2015.
I am going to start the bandwagon to extend Daniel Murphy. Lets buy out his two remaining arbitration years and 2 free agent seasons for an average annual salary of $5MM to $8MM. On top of locking down the 2B spot for years to come, it allows the organization to dangle Wilmer Flores as a trade piece to fill our hole at SS or in the OF.