Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:24:45 -0800
The New York Mets are reportedly listening to trade offers for 2B Daniel Murphy and 1B Ike Davis, but they are not aggressively shopping them at this moment.
Thu, 31 Oct 2013 01:46:18 -0700
The New York Mets would like to install 2B Eric Young Jr. at second base full-time, but it would necessitate moving Daniel Murphy from the spot. Sources said Murphy could go to first base, but ownership would prefer a power bat at that slot.
Tue, 06 Aug 2013 11:02:34 -0700
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said 2B Wilmer Flores could start at second base with 3B David Wright (hamstring) on the disabled list, moving 2B Daniel Murphy to the hot corner. However, the team's bench is at full strength now, so Flores might just be used at third base. Flores played second and third base last year in the minors before playing almost exclusively at second base this year for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Fantasy Tip: Regardless, Flores will likely be starting every day for the Mets with Wright sidelined for at least the next month. That makes him deserving of immediate addition in NL-only leagues. Consider it in deep mixed leagues. If he plays third base, that'll make him more attractive.
Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:13:43 -0700
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said he will likely use 2B Daniel Murphy at third base and move OF Eric Young Jr. from the outfield to second base with 3B David Wright (hamstring) on the disabled list.
Fantasy Tip: This opens up a spot in the outfield for Mike Baxter and Andrew Brown in left field. They should be considered, starting with Baxter, in NL-only universes.
Sat, 03 Aug 2013 09:28:30 -0700
The New York Mets have placed 3B David Wright (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. In a corresponding move, the team recalled OF Mike Baxter from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Fantasy Tip: Manager Terry Collins mentioned Josh Satin, Justin Turner and Daniel Murphy as options to play third base while Wright is out of the lineup. Satin and Turner could be options in NL-only leagues if they get a majority of the playing time at third base. Murphy already receives regular playing time and probably is not available in most NL-only and mixed leagues.
Fri, 02 Aug 2013 17:06:09 -0700
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis was dropped to seventh in the batting order Friday, Aug. 2, after hitting cleanup or fifth in each game since being called up from the minors July 5. 2B Daniel Murphy is hitting fifth and OF Juan Lagares was moved to second. "What Ike's been saying is true. He looks better, he's taking pitches but he's not driving in runs and I respect the fact that he's working on some things, he's trying to see pitches longer, he's trying to get a better ball to hit," manager Terry Collins said. "Right now we need to drive in some runs and Murph's swinging good. I always thought no matter what if it was a different situation where Ike was out, Dan Murphy's a perfect guy to hit down in that spot. He's a guy that puts the ball in play, uses the field to hit." Davis is batting .224 with one home run and nine RBIs since returning.
Wed, 17 Jul 2013 09:23:51 -0700
New York Mets INF Wilmer Flores (ankle) will not play in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 17, because of an ankle injury he sustained on Saturday, July 13. For the club's affiliate, Las Vegas, at that level, he has made four of his past seven starts at first base, not second. Some have criticized his range and recovery at second, but others believe he has worked diligently and has improved somewhat. Mets manager Terry Collins said he wasn't aware of an organizational directive to push Flores to first, but the skipper added that it was sensible because 2B Daniel Murphy is unlikely to be dislodged.
Fantasy Tip: Flores has compiled a .321/.357/.528 slash line this year, his first at the Class AAA level. Those numbers are a bit inflated because of the generous hitting environments Flores sees every game, and his bat would certainly play much better -- in real life and fantasy -- if he were to remain a middle infielder.
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:03:20 -0700
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said he thinks OF Lucas Duda starting at first base and 2B Daniel Murphy at second base is the team's best lineup, with OFs Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Juan Lagares and Marlon Byrd in the outfield. "You're allowed to change," Collins said. "There's nothing that's etched in stone. You're allowed to make changes and you're allowed to make decisions that you think are in the best interest of the ballclub. And last week we made decisions that we thought were in the best interest of the ballclub. They didn't work. So, as I ask our players to adjust, I've got to do the same thing." Moving Duda to first doesn't mean that 1B Ike Davis will be in the minors longer than expected, however. Davis is hitting .174 (4-for-23) with four walks and seven strikeouts with Triple-A Las Vegas in six games.
Fantasy Tip: As Duda mentions, he's familiar with first base after playing the position extensively in the minors. This doesn't change his value at all, and Collins said they can move Duda back to the outfield when they're comfortable recalling Davis. The biggest loser is Jordany Valdespin, who wasn't hitting well in his stretch of starts at second base.
Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:20:03 -0700
New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy is starting at first base Tuesday, June 11, and Jordany Valdespin is starting at second base.
Fantasy Tip: If Murphy doesn't hold 1B eligibility in your league from last year, he might soon gain it. He's not the ideal candidate for fantasy value from that position, but versatility helps his worth to any club. Valdespin, meanwhile, might sneak into deep-mixed relevance if this arrangement sticks while Ike Davis is down at Triple-A Las Vegas.
Sun, 09 Jun 2013 18:16:29 -0700
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson indicated Sunday, June 9, that the team's new first baseman, following the demotion of 1B Ike Davis, will be a call-up rather than moving OF Lucas Duda or 2B Daniel Murphy to first base.
Fantasy Tip: It appears Josh Satin will get a crack at regular time at first base in New York, at least until Davis straightens himself out in Triple-A. However, Satin is only worth a look in the deepest of NL-only fantasy leagues at this point. His value could increase if he shows an ability to hit major league pitching consistently.