|Keep him in left and hope he learns
If Carlos Delgado has to go on the disabled list, Daniel Murphy may be manning first base:
Jerry Manuel said Tuesday that if Carlos Delgado does land on the DL, Daniel Murphy could end up playing first base. The logic: Manuel then could ensure getting Gary Sheffield's bat in left field to try to offset the loss of Delgado. Murphy played 13 games at first base with Double-A Binghamton last season, but otherwise has not seen action at the position since being drafted.
I'm struggling to think who this will be good for besides fantasy owners hoping their guy qualifies at another position. Murphy is, to put it charitably, a work in progress in left field, and contrary to popular belief, first base is not a position just anyone can play. It takes some counter-intuitive footwork and the ability to multitask (i.e. find bag with foot while catching ball), both of which are things Murphy has shown no sign of possessing. Regardless, it seems like a bad idea to mess with his defensive chi in such a fashion.
Also, why would the Mets want to make a point of ensuring that Sheffield's bat gets in the lineup? Sheffield is hitting .178/.351/.333. Fernando Tatis, who can actually play a little first base, is hitting .333/.400/.500. In light of this and the defensive considerations, wouldn't you rather have Murphy-Tatis in left and at first respectively as opposed to Sheffield-Murphy?
Not that the Mets have ever done a ton of things that make sense.