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