Yesterday the Colorado Rockies designated outfielder Matt Murton (via Owen Perkins) for assignment, in hopes that he’ll pass through unclaimed, then return to their system in AAA.
Murton, 27, has spent most of his career in the minors, about half of which in AAA. From 2003-2009, his total minors numbers are a solid .309/.383/.459 (.842 OPS).
In three seasons with the Chicago Cubs (2005-2007), Murton put up an impressive line of .296/.365/.455. Matt’s 2008 stats weren’t so pretty, hence his return to AAA, but he’s rebounded (albeit in only 49 plate attempts) in 2009 with a line of .267/.327/.444
Ken Davidoff wonders, in his morning blog post, if the Mets should claim Murton, try him out in September with Franceour in the other corner of the OF, and then decide who they want to go with in 2010. Murton’s pricetag would be much cheaper than risking $4-5 million on Frenchy in 2010.
So what do you guys think? Seems like an intelligent baseball move to me!
By the way, everyone should check out Davidoff’s blog. It’s one of my favorite places to read about the Mets and Yankees, even if I don’t always agree with Ken.