“He is one of the more valuable guys we have," said Ricco. "He’s settled in as one of the best second basemen in the game, certainly offensively, and is a leader on our team.”
Murphy, 29, is on pace to finish the season batting around .300 with a .35o OBP, 10-15 HR, 30-35 doubles, 65 RBI and 100 runs scored.
He is expected to earn around $9 million in 2015, after which he can become a free agent.
According to MLB Trade Rumors, based on his position, age and stats, Murphy is likely due a four- or five-year contract extension worth around $12 million per season (MLBTR, June 26).
Multiple reports indicated the Mets were open to trading Murphy this past off season, but the asking price was ‘substantial,’ according to people who checked in on him (Rubin, Dec. 11).
For instance, in December, the Mets talked to Houston about a deal involving Murphy, but it never panned out, according to a leaked document used for internal communication by Houston’s front office (Deadspin, June 30). Similarly, the Orioles had interest (Sherman, Dec. 9), but the Mets asked for top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy, among other players, which Baltimore quickly turned down (MLB Network Radio, Dec. 11).
It was recently reported that the Blue Jays and Giants, among others teams, continue to have interest in Murphy, according to columnist Andy Martino (Daily News, June 23).