Seeking an upgrade for second baseman Danny Espinosa, who is hitting .217/.283/.347, the Nationals have expressed interest in Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy. However, any deal sending Murphy to the Nationals is viewed as unlikely.
The 29-year-old Murphy, who was named to his first All-Star team in July, is hitting .295/.341/.423, and is among the major league leaders in hits.
He is arbitration eligible after this season and can become a free agent after 2015.
If the Mets dealt Murphy, they would likely turn second base over to Wilmer Flores for the remainder of 2014.
Daniel Murphy has been fantastic for the Mets and he’s a tremendous presence. Still, if the Mets are able to get a legitimate haul for him, logic says they should pounce.
The Mets appear reluctant to give Murphy a long-term extension after 2015, when his price tag may start to outweigh his value.
During the offseason, the Mets asked the Orioles for Dylan Bundy in exchange for Murphy and were rebuffed.
Even though Murphy has been great in 2014, the Mets are not yet in legitimate position to contend. Additionally, they have second base prospect Dilson Herrera, who will likely be able to step in by the middle of 2015.
If the Mets decide to deal with the Nationals – or any team in their division – the price for Murphy should be exorbitant, which is part of the reason why a deal is unlikely.