According to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, The San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays are among the teams who have done preliminary homework on second baseman Daniel Murphy, asking around for opinions on him.
The Giants are trying rookie Joe Panik at second, after Mets castoff Brandon Hicks sunk way below the Mendoza Line. And the Blue Jays are understaffed at the position, using Munenori Kawasaki and Steve Tolleson.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson and other Mets officials over the past few weeks is that the team does not consider itself a seller because of the mediocre National League East where the Mets are only 5.5 games out of first place (36-42).
If Murphy is presumably still a Met in August, the team has the following options: Retain him on a one-year deal at a raise from the $5.7 million he is making in 2014, then let him leave as a free agent; trade him this winter; trade him at next summer’s deadline; or offer a multi-year extension.
The Mets recently have come to the assumption that a contract extension might be in order for Murphy, instead of trading him. Reasons to believe is because he has proven to be a valuable commodity for the Mets. For one, he can handle the pressures of New York and hit in Citi Field (which has been a rarity).
A Mets insider told Martino that a deal would buy out Murphy’s final arbitration season and a few free agent years “possible,” although more likely to happen this winter, rather than in-season.
The second baseman said had this to say, when approached on Tuesday about the subject:
“Well, my agents probably wouldn’t be too happy to say that, but they know how I tick, and (Murphy and agents Seth and Sam Levinson) have discussed it.”Murphy is arbitration-eligible for one more season, and would be a free agent after 2015. Many players look forward to that experience, and Murphy would, too. But he also can see the appeal of staying with the only organization he has known.
“I like New York,” Murphy said. “The Mets have been good to me. I missed an entire season (with a knee injury in 2010), and they found a way to give me at-bats in 2011. And then I missed another two months, and since then, they have given me -- I’m flirting with like 1,500 plate appearances. So they’ve been good to me here. I’ve enjoyed my time here. I’ve enjoyed the guys I’ve played with. My wife enjoys it here.”
If Murphy is still a Met in August, the team has the following options: Retain him on a one-year deal at a raise from the $5.7 million he is making in 2014, then let him leave as a free agent; trade him this winter; trade him at next summer’s deadline; or offer a multi-year extension.