NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets tags out Juan Perez #2 of the San Francisco Giants and throws to first at Citi Field on September 19, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Target: Daniel Murphy, 2B/1B/OF
2013 stats: .286 batting average, .319 on-base percentage, .415 slugging percentage, 13 home runs, 78 RBIs, 23 stolen bases
This is probably a pipe dream if you're a Rangers fan, or Jon Daniels for that matter. But it's something that could make some sense for both the Rangers and the New York Mets, as diagrammed perfectly right here. It kind of goes against what we've been preaching in recent days — that the Rangers just need a capable defensive player to fill Jurickson Profar's role — because Murphy isn't a great defensive second baseman with 31 errors over the past two seasons.
But that offense? Yeah, that would be a nice fit in the Rangers lineup, and he could even be a nice 2-hole hitter if Elvis Andrus struggles like he did at the beginning of last season before he caught fire in the second half.
Murphy wouldn't be a cheap get for Daniels, as he would likely cost a good amount in prospects, and the team would have to do some shuffling down the road as he's not a free agent until 2016, but the Mets do appear to be a fit considering their need for middle infield prospects and the Rangers' abundance of it in guys that aren't major-league ready yet. Plus, it give the Rangers a reason to keep the Murphadilla in concession stands.