The Mets have been there and done that with Murphy. They aren't putting him back in the OF.
The solution here is to, next winter, either trade Murphy and then hope Flores isn't bad at 2nd, or hope that Flores is a natural in the OF and can compensate his lack of footspeed out there, or just trade Flore for an OF prospect of equal ceiling.
I'd prefer we trade Murphy and keep the younger and cheaper Flores.
Do you not have a limit switch?
truthfully, as bad as he was....i still dont think he was worse than duda...and we only really had him out there for 27 games in 2009 and, truthfully, he looked ok in the 30 games that he played there in 2008...and he had NEVER played an inning in the of his entire minor league career
honestly, if he actually played there for a while, he could have improved...but we were supposed to be a winning team in 2009 so we never would have had the patience we showed w/ duda who is probably a far worse of today (even w/ almost 400 games there) than murphy would be
not that i am saying this is a GOOD idea but i think the legend of how bad murphy was in the OF is in part due to 1) a single play that he botched horribly w/ santana going for a no hitter in one of his first starts of the year and 2) the fact that we were actually competing so every loss that was the result of a murphy mistake stung way more than a loss does today
3. Flores is worse at 2B than Murphy
actually, that has never been stated by anybody...
flores has far better reactions, hands, arm, and glove
murphy has better footwork & range
no one has actually said "flores is worse than murphy" and i would challenge you to find one person that has
you bring up an excellent point and one that many forget about that entire debacle which was a reflection on the FO's incompetency
Murph was an infielder his entire career and i believe it was after Floyd and Sheffield were injured they played Murph for FOUR games in the outfield in the minors and brought him up to play left field...i do believe you're right in that if he stayed out there he might have gotten better and better,but the FO abandoned the idea early in '09 (right?) and moved on
that mistake is why i think moving Murph from second would also be a mistake. While no one will mistake him for Roberto Alomar i think he became more comfortable and more reliable as the season wore on and he certainly wasn't the disaster at second so many envisioned.
IF we have to move either to the outfield it should be Flores and we might actually try to get 100 games in the OF instead of 4 before making a decision on him....
in either circumstance i'd rather put him at second OR the outfield and let him play there all season rather than bounce him around