After spending all of one day with the PCL’s New Orleans Zephyrs, OF Daniel Murphy (above) was promoted to the parent New York Mets earlier today, and is 1-2 with a run scored thus far in tonight’s game against Houston. From the New York Daily News’ Adam Rubin :
Murphy may be the best pure hitter in the Mets™ minor-league system, even surpassing Fernando Martinez.
Marlon Anderson will land on the DL with continued hamstring woes.
The other prospects Minaya mentioned: teenage phenom Fernando Martinez (who is being treated cautiously with a recurrence of right hamstring trouble that has sidelined him about 10 days), Double-A closer Eddie Kunz and starting pitcher Bobby Parnell, and lefthander Jon Niese, who recently was promoted to New Orleans.
Along with the fantastic claim Manny Ramirez all but begged the Red Sox to renege on Thursday’s trade with the Dodgers (that would’ve been a fun one to explain to the Commissioner’s office), the Globe’s Gordon Edes reports there was far from universal sentiment within Boston’s front office that dumping Manny was the right move.
If John W. Henry had cast the deciding vote, RamÃrez might not have been frolicking in Chavez Ravine last night. Henry, whose life has been defined by his mastery of numbers, was unconvinced the Sox would be better off without those generated by RamÃrez’s bat. But in the end, Henry elected to give his support to Epstein and his baseball operations staff.
His people believed they had no choice but to trade a player who was bent not on forcing the Sox to pick up his $20 million option for 2009, as many thought, but, in their view, was willing to do anything – including laying down on the job – to achieve the opposite outcome: becoming a free agent with no strings attached.