Mets and Murphy open to contract extension, but no talks yet

The Mets and 2B Daniel Murphy are open to discussing a contract extension, although they have yet to have any formal negotiations, the two sides told columnist Andy Martino (Daily News, June 25).

Murphy is expected to earn around $9 million in 2015, after which he can become a free agent.


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Meanwhile, the Blue Jays and Giants are among several teams interested in trading for Murphy this summer (Daily News, June 23). The Mets reportedly fielded offers for Murphy during this past offseason, but no team met their steep asking price.

“Look, we have a real appreciation for Dan Murphy,” Sandy Alderson told a select group of season ticket holders at Citi Field last week. “There’s no question, in terms of this ballpark, he’s been a plus.”

According to Martino, while a team insider said they’re more likely to consider a new contract in the winter, Murphy is open to the idea of a contract that buys out his first few years of free agency.

“I like New York,” Murphy said. “The Mets have been good to me. … I’ve enjoyed the guys I’ve played with. My wife enjoys it here.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

To be clear, it’s way too early for this. I don’t believe the Mets are shopping Murphy, but they’ll certainly listen to offers from interested teams this summer. I can see him dealt in a package deal that improves the team’s power production. However, I don’t think that deal exists. It may this winter, but I still contend that he’s worth more to the Mets than what teams will give up in trade to get him. So, though it’s popular to be negative and assume he’ll be dumped, I still feel a contract extension is a more likely outcome.

The number I’ve heard associated with Murphy is four-years and around $48 million, which would cover next year’s salary and his first three years of arbitration. By the way, in an earlier version of this post, I wrote four years and $60 million, which was an error. I must have been thinking about Curtis Granderson, since those were his exact terms. Anyway, in regards to Murphy, I think he’d take 4/48, and I think the Mets would be wise to give it to him. If he’s hurt or stops hitting, it’s not a murderous deal from their perspective and it locks in guaranteed money for Murphy. It’s a win-win, locks in his value and would put the issue to bed.




408 comments
Dan Christie
Dan Christie

YES. He leads the NL in hits, really one of the most underrated players in the league, and best player on the Mets.

Scott Griffin
Scott Griffin

Only one player has more hits than Murph since 2012 and thats McCutchen.

AC Card
AC Card

No, trade while his worth is up now!

Dave Weber
Dave Weber

He is not a player that can carry a team, but he is probably the best pure hitter on the team and with the acquisition of the right players can prove to be a very valuable player to this team.

Hector Torres
Hector Torres

One of the best hitting second basemen in baseball sign him as soon as possible

Dave Douglas
Dave Douglas

Yes!!!! They better not trade him!!!! Sign him to an extension!!!!!

Rob Martin
Rob Martin

Lock em up! I mean that in a good way. :)

Harsh Desai
Harsh Desai

of course we need the smurf-keep him-dont make the mistake we made with the byrd

Steven James Richards
Steven James Richards

Of course I want Murph locked up! Couldn't ask for anything more out of a second baseman!

Barbara McPartlan
Barbara McPartlan

Yes, he plays harder than any other player! Mets need him and his bat!!

Karen Wright Huysers
Karen Wright Huysers

He has done everything that has been asked of him...learning new positions and still hitting well. Sign him!

Jim Murphy
Jim Murphy

The constant chatter about trading Murph is annoying. He's the teams best hitter  (  Wright's streakiness was worthwhile when he was hitting 25-30 HR's, not at 15-20 HR's), though just average  at 2B, I think he more than makes it up offensively. Plus, he's homegrown and  likeable. I know some hard-core Yankee fans that would love to have him hitting in the Bronx bandbox, he'd be a 25-90-.310 guy there every year.

 Oh, I get it! the Wilpons don't want to pay the guy what he's worth. How novel!!

Petrocelli Robert
Petrocelli Robert

Don't worry the Mets will screw this one up like always-- See Seaver, Ryan etc etc

William O'Sullivan
William O'Sullivan

YES. Lock him into the roster. He is one of the core components of this offense and part of the heart and soul of this team.

nyorker328
nyorker328

Love Murph, Mets need to lock him up...me and my father gave him the nickname "The Hitting Machine'' hopefully it can catch on with the fans! LGM!

lholztrio
lholztrio

Get it done Sandy.  Do something positive for a change.  Murphy deserves to be rewarded. 

Rob DeGeronimo
Rob DeGeronimo

Yes. The guy can hit and worked very hard to be a better 2nd baseman.

John Lenzie
John Lenzie

the most consistant hitter on the team

zoddie
zoddie

Who said the Wilpons don't want to pay him?

Jim Murphy
Jim Murphy

@zoddie I say, that's who. We are sellers at this time since 2008, The Wilpons want to charge NYC prices and invest the absolute minimum back into the product. You merely have to pay a little attention to see that.