A few days after his blown out of proportion comments started to make the rounds, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon made a slight amendment to his original statement.
Yesterday, Wilpon added infielder Daniel Murphy to his list of “solidified” Mets heading into 2014. Murphy joins David Wright, Dillon Gee, Jonathon Niese, and Zack Wheeler as the players who are viewed as safe or etched in stone by Wilpon. Said Wilpon succinctly:
I should have mentioned Murphy
This has been turned into a “thing” by the fans and the media. In actuality, there was really nothing wrong with what Wilpon originally stated (even though it was perhaps a bit inarticulate).
The Mets are coming off five straight losing seasons, and there should be wholesale changes. Wilpon saying that only a handful of players are “solidified” in their positions should make fans happy that the team is prepared to be proactive.
Due to the furor, Wilpon added Murphy’s name to the list. However, it shouldn’t shock anyone if the Mets deal Murphy this winter. There have been whispers about the fact that he’s available, and if the Mets are able to obtain an outfielder by including Murphy in a package (instead of one of their starting pitchers), they’ll have to seriously consider it.