Look, I don’t think moving Daniel Murphy to first base for a week, or whatever this turns out to be, will ruin his progress.
Still, Murphy is a converted second baseman. You saw it in the awkward strategy he took on the ground ball that helped put the Marlins ahead on Sunday afternoon. He’s someone with good range, gradually learning through the repetitions he probably should have had years ago, with David Wright in the organization and Murphy’s bat not playing at first base.
So moving Murphy for a week is a little digression, and a little bit self-defeating if the Mets consider Murphy the plausible incumbent at second in 2014 (as they should). Moving him for the rest of the year would be hugely self-defeating, but the Mets haven’t said they’ll do that.
The flip side of such a decision is why. And if the Mets had a plausible second baseman to get time at the position and potentially either give them options at the position, or help facilitate a trade to address their other needs, this would make sense.
But there just isn’t any reason, in my opinion, to think Jordany Valdespin is a viable option at the position, both due to his huge defensive limitations, and his marginal major league hitting.
And Lucas Duda is not a left fielder, can fill in capably at first base, without costing Murphy reps at the position.
The Mets can even give an extended look to Josh Satin and see if he can hit major league pitching.
But making a small, self-defeating move for no particularly good reason? I’m against it. How against it has a lot to do with how long it lasts.