05/07/2013 01:24 pm ET Updated Jul 07, 2013

What the Mets Should Do With Daniel Murphy, Part 1

Among Mets fans, Daniel Murphy is a contentious player. They are generally split on how to view the 28-year-old infielder. To most, Murphy is a solid-hitting, hard-nosed starting second baseman, who would ideally be a super utility option on a playoff caliber team. To others, however, Murphy conjures up pure contempt. Starkly differing sentiments not withstanding, there is still a case to be made for a contract extension.

The biggest knock on Murphy is his defense. Both dWAR and UZR/150 indicated that he was a bad defender at second base in 2012. This isn't exactly breaking news. Even to the naked eye, he is often as awkward turning two as a metal-mouthed prom goer looks while fastening a corsage. But Murphy does provide the Mets with some value.... read the rest of this article on Amazin' Avenue.