Atlanta Braves superstar Dale Murphy says he’s neither accepting nor rejecting the idea of a trade, and several teams--including the New York Mets--are interested.
Braves General Manager Bobby Cox has confirmed that several clubs, including the Mets, have inquired about the veteran outfielder. Murphy, as a veteran of more than five years with the Braves, could reject any deal.
“I would not be totally open, but I wouldn’t close my eyes to any situation,” Murphy said.
“I think Dale understands the situation,” Cox said. “There’s a lot of interest from a lot of clubs, and we’re talking (to them), but my main objective is not to trade Dale Murphy.
“I’m trying to add (power hitting) with Dale in our lineup.”
Murphy, a two-time Most Valuable Player and seven-time National League all-star, said he has discussed the possibility of a trade with his agent, Bruce Church. Church said Murphy would have to feel comfortable with a team and a city before making a move.
“Dale would listen to all the facts and, one by one, evaluate those facts and see how it affects him and his family,” Church said. “It’s only fair to say he would look at it.”
Murphy, 32, had perhaps his poorest season in the major leagues in 1988, batting .226 with 24 homers and 77 runs batted in.
“I think basically a lot of teams are calling, thinking they can get Murph a little cheaper,” Cox said. “We’re out there looking for home-run bashers, so I’m not about to give one away.”
“I’m certainly not shocked when my name is brought up,” Murphy said. “Last year was frustrating for everybody involved and for myself. The team has got to look at all options, I’m sure.”
Murphy has played in the Braves system his entire professional career, including 11 full seasons in Atlanta. He bypassed free agency last year to sign a reported three-year, $6 million deal with Atlanta.