Daniel Murphy 4 (Baron)

Daniel Murphy signs one-year, $5.7 million deal to avoid arbitration

The Mets signed Daniel Murphy to a one-year, $5.7 million deal to avoid arbitration (Rubin).

He can earn $50,000 if he gets to 500 plate appearances.

Murphy hit .286 with a .319 OBP last season, appearing in 161 games for the Mets. He had 697 plate appearances in 2013.

Murphy made $2.9 million last year and was projected to make $5.8 million in 2014 (MLBTR).




177 comments
Brian Bauer
Brian Bauer

Great move ,Murph always does his best! Good team player!

John Herek
John Herek

Shook hands with him in Chicago! Way to go Murph!!!!!

Adam Wiener
Adam Wiener

I am not one to comment often, and have not done so since the old formats. However, I feel many people here are insane. For someone with no speed or power, many fans love trumping up Murphy's ability to "hit." His lack of general run production is fine if he was a real glove at 2b, which he is not. I know for years we have loved his character, but he has become an unintended distraction that clouds judgment. In essence, since nobody made a good offer for him (a telling sign), we doubled his salary?? And do not give me the "He is the second best hitter on the team" line.... He is the second best hitter ON A BAD HITTING TEAM. That is an important detail. At least Ike has power upside. Murphy has a clear and limited ceiling that does not bode well for future contracts. This becomes even more annoying when considering a younger, faster, more athletic alternative with more power (Flores) is there and being blocked. The funnier element is it is because Flores is not athletic enough to play 2b (as if Murphy is Orlando Hudson in the field...). Stop overvaluing mediocrity...


Ron Davis
Ron Davis

i would not of minded him getting 7.5

Albert Cosme
Albert Cosme

you are right peter.he has finally found a home at 2nd and he can hit. leave him alone at 2nd. he has gotten so much better.

Stephen Mogil
Stephen Mogil

Murphy Has a great work ethic!!!! The Mets should give him a 5 year deal!!!!

Ellen Limone Kutter
Ellen Limone Kutter

thank you, now if you could only get Marlin back from our arch rivals

Watson5665
Watson5665

Thrilled to see the Mets locking up their arbitration eligible players without last minute drama. 

Well deserved for Murphy - no one on the team is more of a pleasure to root for.

Anthony Naughton
Anthony Naughton

Here is what I don't understand about the so-called Mets fans here who want to get rid of Ike and Murphy--Ike was on his way to putting up power numbers from the left side of the plate in a Mets uniform that we haven't seen since Darryl Strawberry when he got hurt. He then has a bad year and a half and everyone wants to write him off, forgetting he is only 26 years old and plays an outstanding defensive 1B. When it comes to Murphy, all he has done is hit, play the game the right way, and work so hard at becoming a very good defensive 2B (nevermind the fact that 3B is his natural position, and then comes 1B) that he is no longer a defensive liability. Flores hasn't proven he can handle MLB pitching yet, so why do people want to give him Murphy's job? If you want to give Flores a chance at a job, play him at SS so he can push Tejada since we no longer have Turner or Quintanilla to play there for us. Letting go of Turner was a mistake; quality utility infielder with good glove and good bat who doesn't complain about playing time is rare in baseball, even more so in NYC. If Cleveland is looking to move Asdrubal Cabrera as MLB Network has said all winter, let's ship Tejada, Duda, and a minor leaguer not in our top 10 prospects (but in the top 15) for Cabrera and a LHP for the bullpen.

rubiconx0
rubiconx0

not often for the Mets, but this is money well spent, he is a double machine! As a fellow Irishman, i love it!

John Rose
John Rose

That 5 Million could have gone to a better player

Stephen McCabe
Stephen McCabe

The Mets would be insane to move this guy; he's a hit machine!

Joseph Baffi
Joseph Baffi

look around mlb not many 2nd basemen better

Söze, Keyser
Söze, Keyser

$5.7M and he's Chaz the Spaz in the field (SNL Old School reference)...stunning.  I've seen HS  players look smoother in the field. And he hits .280? 

Tim Keenan
Tim Keenan

Thank goodness!!! There's still hope for this Mets team.

Darnell Hayes
Darnell Hayes

He deserve's more. Second Best hitter on the team.

Debbie Brennan
Debbie Brennan

Good for him---one of the hardest workers in baseball !!

Michael DeTorrice
Michael DeTorrice

MURPH! I woulda given him 3 years at least...he's gonna grow tired of being put on the block and walk away.

metfan8669
metfan8669

@Adam Wiener - I completely disagree with your analysis.   He can develop further.  Is still not all that expensive.  (Consider what we have paid Castillo in the past, or what Drew will get at SS.)   And are you saying you don't like guys that are gap hitters?

I am not trying to say Murphy is Cano, but is he worth 1/5th the cost?  I think he is a bargain compared to cano.

No one made a "good enough offer" is your telling sign? Try define that.  That is a meaningless statement that has no support of any sort.

And the Mets didn't "double his salary".  He was arbitration eligible.  Where and arbitrator gives him what is roughly due based on his performance vs. the league and age.  NOT when compared to the open market.  Otherwise he would cost $10m.  the Mets made a good deal, because they risked paying him more if it went to an arbitration hearing.

Name all the 2B you would rather have.  And consider salary in that decision.

Uggla = $13M

A. Hill = $11M

Scutaro = $6.6M

M.Ellis - $5.5M

Beckham = $4M

Bonifocio = $3.5M

B.Roberts can't even stay healthy = $2M

Would you rather Utley? = $15M

Weeks = $12M

Phillips = $11M

Kendrick, who the Angels are trying hard to trade = $9.9M

All the guys that are clearly better (Pedroia, Cano, Kinsler) Cost at least double.

Only your analysis is mediocre here.  And that's at best.

metfan8669
metfan8669

- They are all overpaid.  What makes him worse than all the othes?

Adam Wiener
Adam Wiener

@metfan8669 @Adam Wiener 


No team made a decent offer, if any, to trade for him. I assume other GMs and front offices evaluate talent better than the Mets. Off of that list, I take Uggla, Weeks (even off a down year), Phillips (turning a corner for the worse I acknowledge), Beckham, Ackley (based on ceiling alone), Altuve (speed threat), and a lot of other guys not mentioned. We are overly praising Murphy off of what could be a career high RBI year and in a year where he happened to compile more hits than a lot of the NL. He still kept his same power and slugging range going, and do not try to convince me he will put up 40 doubles a year. I just do not buy it. In terms of total payroll the price is no bad, but when considering Flores is waiting to take that job with a better skill set, it is annoying. Flores can close in on that production at a fraction of the cost. I do not need a detailed analysis of Murphy's numbers to tell me he is a slap hitter with limited range who needs balls to have eyes to get his hits. Is 2b a generally weak position? Yes. With that said, I rather a speed/glove guy for leadoff or a proven run producer there rather than Murphy, the prototypical 7 hitter who is being touted to be a major part of the offense/core. 


metfan8669
metfan8669

@Adam Wiener @metfan8669 -"I do not care about current production." What a great argument.

"Uggla is feared"? - He didn't even make their post season roster. haha  so much for "feared"

Well, no need to discuss any further with someone making these insane arguments, but I will go on anyway

"He does not score or drive in runs at a high clip."  Doesn't that depend on the lineup you are in?  If Ike hit .300 in the first half of last year, he would have driven in Murphy a bunch of times. OR if D.Wright wasn't injured for 50 games.  Or if Cowgill and company weren't the team leadoff hitters for half the season.  You even said in your original statement. "ON A BAD HITTING TEAM" he is our second best hitter.  Well doesn't that apply to runs and RBI opportunities?

"He doesn't hit like a first baseman." -- My point was that he can be used elsewhere if we have health issues. No need to just get rid of him.

My point was just to show how silly your original arguments were.  Which had to do with "how the mets doubled his salary."  that was based on player availability and arbitration.

You are clueless.

You are changing the topic each time my points show a direct correlation to why we still have him and will be paying him $5.7m.  You keep moving the ball.  Now basically your argument is "he is not as cheap as Flores."

I get it , you want to start Flores at 2B for some reason.  I am not sure Flores would play a better defensive 2B from what I saw last year, but you must think he is miles better.


Do you think Flores will hit .290 this year?  I would love to hear just how good you think Flores will be if he was the starting 2B. Predict his line for me.

Adam Wiener
Adam Wiener

@metfan8669 @Adam Wiener 


This has nothing to do with availability. I was asked who I'd rather have, so I listed some. Uggla has power, drives in runs, and is feared. You act like the lower average guys produce less than Murphy in terms of runs, and that is far from the truth. Murphy does not score or drive in runs at a high clip. Murphy cannot hit like a first baseman. He is a bench guy or a fringe starter at a weak position. Cheaper than many, but not as cheap as Flores (who I will scream to high heaven has more physical gifts. I do not care about current production, because Murphy does not have a stunning resume). 


metfan8669
metfan8669

@Adam Wiener @metfan8669 -

Adam some of your comments boggle the mind.

You would rather Beckham? A career .250 hitter over a career .290 hitter. And only one year between them. (Murph 28, Beckham 27)  So it's not like Beckham has huge upside.

Ackley and Altuve, I agree have upside, but neither are "available".  You think Houston is going to trade Altuve?  He isn't a free agent until 2018, he is young and they are rebuilding.  He is going nowhere.

Ackley - Has had 1400 PA, so we have some basis to project/compare on him, and he is a career .245 hitter.  I like Ackley to some degree, but he has a lot to prove. Also not a FA until 2018.  Not available either.

Uggla?  That is a joke. You want another guy that hits close to .200 on this team?

Phillips, who I have always loved as an all around player, is due double money and has an increasing contract for 4 more years.  He is 4 years older, his speed is fleeting, he had a lower .OPS and AVG than Murphy last year.  Murphy strikes out less.  So while I agree that this Gold Glover is better on defense, I am not sure that makes him worth double the price.  And his price increasing as his skills diminish.

Finally that leaves Flores.  -- While I hope that he fulfills any optimistic projections, and I do think all signs are that he can hit, his size didn't convince me he is a 2B.  And why would you limit our bench by having him start and having no depth by moving Murphy?  Can't he grow and play multiple positions off the bench this year?  Giving Murphy and Wright spells when they need them.  Or if 1B becomes a serious issue he and/or Murphy can cover.   So my point is, that it is not a Murphy or Flores decision. 

And what offers do did you think would be made for Murphy?  What is a "decent" offer?  And how do you know which teams made offers, that Sandy may not have thought were enough?