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Mets could turn to Dilson Herrera if Daniel Murphy leaves in free agency

The young second baseman seems likely to take the everyday job at second base if Murphy is playing elsewhere in 2016.

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

If Daniel Murphy departs via free agency, the Mets seem likely to look within the organization for his replacement at second base. Mets vice president of player development and scouting Paul DePodesta believes that Dilson Herrera will be up to the task.

Herrera, 21, split the 2015 season between Triple-A Las Vegas and the big leagues. With Vegas, he hit .321/.382/.511 with 23 doubles, 11 home runs, 50 RBI, and 13 stolen bases. He struggled a little during his brief time at the major league level, hitting just .211/.311/.367 in 103 plate appearances, but he showed some pop, as seven of his nineteen hits went for extra bases.

The Mets have another option at second base already on the roster in the form of Wilmer Flores, who spent time at second base and shortstop this past season. But Flores could be slated to start at shortstop to begin the 2016 season if the Mets don't acquire an upgrade at the position.