With 14 days — yup, just two weeks — before pitchers and Molinas report, we examine question #14 that needs to be answered during Mets spring training: who is going to play second base?
By all accounts, it appears that the Mets will begin spring training with the plan of Daniel Murphy at second base. We’ve discussEd Murphy and 2B here many times before, and even if you are of the belief that he can play the position adequately, there is still the risk of him hurting himself yet again.
If you’re like me and not convinced that second base is the best place for Murphy, then an audition could open up for Justin Turner, Ronny Cedeno, Jordany Valdespin, Reese Havens, and Josh Satin. Yes, Satin can play second base — perhaps, better than Murphy, though that’s not saying much, is it?
From that group, I like Turner — just as I did this time last year. Ask me in five months and my answer might be Havens, but right now, I think Havens needs more seasoning. As for Valdespin, he appears to have the most raw talent of anyone, but there are still questions about his attitude.
As for Murphy, it’s his job to lose. And that is the question: will Murphy prove to be either so inadequate or so dangerous to himself at second base that he won’t be there on Opening Day? My guess is no — mainly because spring training rarely offers enough of a sample size that can be trusted, and there’s a good chance that Murphy makes it through six weeks without breaking something, while the people in charge see what they want to see.
What say you? Do you think there’s any chance of Murphy NOT proving himself to be the starting second baseman in spring training? If by chance he’s not the Opening Day starter, who do you see usurping him? Answer in the comments.
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