... And now Murphy is in career limbo down in Port St. Lucie.

It wasn't too long ago that Murphy was the fresh face of the Mets' organization, and tremendously popular among the fan base, too, just as Ike Davis is now. Thinking back to 2008, when Murphy was a surprise call-up, I decided to compare the early numbers of both him and Davis through their first 69 major-league at-bats. I know it's a small sample size, but here's the chart that ran with today's Mets Insider.

 

Daniel Murphy …. Age 23 … 2008 … 26 G … 69 AB … 12 R … 23 H … 3 2B … 1 3B … 2 HR … 13 RBI … 10 BB … 14 SO … .333 BA … .413 OBP … .493 SLG.

Ike Davis … Age 23 … 2010 …  21 G … 69 AB … 12 R … 20 H … 4 2B … 0 3 B … 3 HR  … 10 RBI … 14 BB … 19 SO … .290 BA … .405 OBP … .478 SLG

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Yes, Murphy had slightly better numbers, at the same age, so it's a reminder that Murphy still has value to the Mets, if only this utility experiment works out.

When I asked Murphy about the whole utility player thing, he didn't sound too enthused about it. But he's been more frustrated with his knee injury,  which has taken much longer to heal. You can read all about it in today's Insider.