Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Tigers, Blue Jays and Padres have inquired with the Mets about the possibility of a Daniel Murphy trade.
Murphy, 26, hit .320/.362/.448 in 109 games for the Mets last season before suffering a knee injury while playing second base in August. The left-handed hitter has experience at first, second, third and in left field.
Unfortunately, the Mets have three of those spots covered, and many feel that Murphy isn’t a long-term option at second base, partly because of a lack of range and partly because he may keep getting hurt there. The Mets would probably plug him in at second anyway if the season started tomorrow, but they might be open to trading him now.
Sherman suggests that the Mets like Detroit’s Andy Dirks as a potential alternative to Angel Pagan in center field. Pagan is a non-tender candidate with his salary set to jump to about $5 million in arbitration. The Blue Jays would probably offer a young arm or two in return.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.