Daniel Murphy will likely receive and reject a qualifying offer.
Daniel Murphy went from October legend, to October disaster in a matter of a week. Regardless, he’s lined himself up for a nice multi year contract this winter.
It’s hard to imagine the Mets not extending Murphy a QO over the next week. Could he become the first player in history to accept it? Maybe.
Murphy has been with the organization since 2006, and surely feels comfortable in New York. However, his versatility, low strikeout rate, and new found power is likely to earn him something similar to Chase Headley’s 4yr/$52m deal, which he agreed to last offseason.
While the draft pick compensation could hurt his value, his mediocre defense, and career low WAR (1.4) will give teams reason to be wary of the player they may be pursuing. Still, he can play three positions, hit almost anywhere in a lineup, and was the toughest man in the league to strikeout last season, in a game where K’s are at an all time high.
Murphy can play, there’s no doubt about it. However, the Mets have 21 year old prized prospect Dilson Herrera in mind to take over at second base. Wilmer Flores has shown he can adequately handle the position, too. They both make near the major league minimum and possess youth.
Again, thanks for one heck of an October Murph, but a new chapter is about to be written.