The Washington Nationals have expressed interest in New York Mets infielder Daniel Murphy. All but two of Murphy’s games played have been at second base for the Mets this season, and while his defense is below average, he’s among the more valuable offensive second basemen in the National League. He’s posted a .295/.341/.423 slash line, and among NL second basemen, he trails only Anthony Rendon, Neil Walker, and Chase Utley in run creation and home runs. Compared with Danny Espinosa, who stands to get the majority of starts at second base with Ryan Zimmerman on the DL, Murphy creates 46% more runs, according to FanGraphs wRC+, but as Joel Sherman says, the deal is unlikely.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 31, 2014
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2014