Daniel Murphy is heading out the door, and will leave a hole at second base. Dilson Herrera should be given another year or two of seasoning in the minor leagues. Zobrist can come in and play second base while also spelling David Wright at third, and Cuddyer and Michael Conforto in the outfield. The Mets were one of the teams in the hunt for Zobrist at the trade deadline. Now they will have a chance to add the 34-year-old super utility man without having to dip into a deep pool of prospects.
Zobrist can most likely be had on a three-year deal worth $40-45 million. For the Mets, that’s a safe deal. It’s not a massive commitment, but one that could really pay off. Zobrist would bring a quality veteran presence and an ability to play multiple infield and outfield positions with much better defense than Murphy. Murphy may hit for a slightly higher average than Zobrist, but the two-time All-Star has this year’s postseason hero beat when it comes to on-base ability.