The Mets don’t want to trade Daniel Murphy, but will do it if they receive enough in return, Jayson Stark reported last week (ESPN, July 25).
The Mets were reportedly open to trading him this past off season, but the asking price was ‘substantial,’ according to people who checked in on him (Rubin, Dec. 11).
Murphy, 29, is expected to earn around $9 million through salary arbitration in 2015, after which he can become a free agent, says he is open to signing a contract extension to stay with the Mets.
According to MLB Trade Rumors, based on his position, age and stats, Murphy is likely due a four- or five-year contract extension worth around $12 million per season (MLBTR, June 26).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The Mets have to listen. It’s all about getting better. And, if there’s a deal for Murphy that makes the overall team better, Sandy Alderson should consider pulling the trigger. I just don’t think that type of deal is being offered, and they’re certainly not being offered a hitter better than Murphy, which is why I think he’ll be here for a while.
In the end, I believe this front office knows that while Murphy is a good trade chip, he’s most valuable to them here, under contract on a team-friendly deal. Murphy will likely take what is offered to him, and I think he’d take a four-year, $40 million extension, which pays him more than he’ll get through arbitration in 2015, but maybe a bit less than he’d get on the open market. However, he gets security and the Mets get a fixed value. And, there’s nothing to say that, if he keeps hitting, and if 2B prospect Dilson Herrera keeps hitting, that Murphy and his affordable deal can’t get traded down the road, as well.