The Mets don’t plan to bring Daniel Murphy back

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I made a joking reference this morning to playoff hero/free agent-to-be Daniel Murphy getting overpaid this offseason. It happens fairly often to decent players who suddenly go crazy in the playoffs and it wouldn’t shock me if it happened to Murphy too. Even if front offices are a lot smarter these days than they used to be.

But Murphy’s heroics aren’t likely to sway too many front offices. Certainly not the ones with a greater analytic bent. The Mets are one of those. And even if Murphy is playing the hero right now — creating MurhphyMania, really — the Mets aren’t going to change their minds on him. From Kristie Ackert of the Daily News:

Two team sources said again Sunday that Murphy, despite his postseason heroics, is not in Mets’ future plans.

“He’s been great, really great,” one source said, “but it changes nothing.” . . . The team feels strongly that Dilson Herrera will eventually develop into their second baseman of the future or that Wilmer Flores could be play there in the meantime.

Murphy is an above-average hitter who can play at least three positions. He’s a nice piece to have on a team on a short term deal for less than $10 million. Much the way the Mets have had him for the past seven seasons. But he’s not the sort of guy you give big free agent money to. And you likely don’t even give him a qualifying offer which would double his salary for next year.  As Joel Sherman of the Post writes, many in the game think he’s going to get a Chase Headley kind of deal. Even if that’s a tad high — seems high to me anyway — the notion of going multiple years and well into eight figures for Murphy seems a bit much, especially for a budget-conscious team like the Mets.

So nothing surprising here. Except for the fact that some Mets executives decided to actually tell a reporter what they’re thinking about such things right now, as Mets fans are going absolutely crazy. Let ’em have some fun with this for a while, maybe?

Kinsler back with Rangers as special assistant to GM Young

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Former Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler returned to the team as a special assistant to general manager Chris Young, his teammate in the organization’s minor league system nearly two decades ago.

Young said that Kinsler, who was part of the franchise’s only two World Series teams in 2010 and 2011, will be heavily involved in player development and providing mentorship to both players and staff.

Kinsler, a four-time All-Star, was part of a World Series championship with the Boston Red Sox in 2018, a year before his retirement. Kinsler played 14 seasons in the major leagues and spent the last three years in the front office of the San Diego Padres as a special assistant in baseball operations and player development. The 40-year-old has been living in the Dallas area, as he did throughout his playing career.

Kinsler played for the U.S. in the 2017 World Baseball Classic and Israel in last summer’s Olympics, and he will manage Israel in next month’s WBC.

Young and Kinsler were teammates for several weeks at Double-A Frisco in the summer of 2004, the same year the pitcher made his big league debut. They were in big league spring training together in 2005, then Young was traded after that season.

A 17th-round draft pick by Texas in 2003, Kinsler played 1,066 games for the Rangers from 2006-13, hitting .273 with 156 homers, 539 RBIs and 172 stolen bases. He hit .311 with a .422 on-base percentage in 34 postseason games. He was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame last summer.

Kinsler hit .269 with 257 homers, 909 RBIs and 243 stolen bases in 1,888 career games overall with Texas, Detroit (2014-17), the Los Angeles Angels (2018), Boston (2018), and San Diego (2019). He is one of only two MLB second baseman with 30 homers and 30 stolen bases in multiple seasons, and had the only six-hit cycle in a nine-inning game since 1900 on April 15, 2009.