If Sandy Alderson could have his tenure as Mets GM back, there is just one thing he would do differently.
He would have offered Daniel Murphy a long-term deal.
"The one thing I regret -- and I told him this -- was not signing Daniel Murphy," Alderson told Dan Martin of The Post. "We've kept in touch. He's a great person and a really good player."
Murphy spent seven seasons with the Mets, hitting .288/.331/.424 and appearing in one All-Star Game but never hit more than 14 home runs in a season and struggled defensively at times at second base.
Yet Murphy's bat carried the Mets in the 2015 playoffs en route to winning the National League pennant by defeating the Chicago Cubs in a four-game sweep. The second baseman was MVP of the NLCS, hitting .529/.556/1.294 with four home runs and six RBI.
Instead of offering Murphy a long-term deal, Alderson made a qualifying offer, which the second baseman turned down. He later signed a three-year, $37.5 million deal with the Nationals where he made the All-Star team his first two seasons and was runner-up for the NL MVP in 2016.
"He's a very good player and an excellent offensive player," Alderson said. "We made him a qualifying offer and he signed a multi-year deal elsewhere. I don't think we predicted him sustaining that level of performance and he didn't end up being part of our strategy. But I applaud him for what he's done. I'd like to have that one back."
Alderson, 71, stepped down as Mets GM in June after having a recurrence of cancer, but revealed last week he has been cancer-free for four months. He also recently accepted a job as senior advisor of baseball operations with the Oakland A's, where he previously worked.
Yet he will still keep close tabs on the Mets.
"There are guys that are close, like Peter Alonso, that I want to follow," Alderson said. "And [Jeff] McNeil was a revelation last year. And [Brandon] Nimmo, [Amed] Rosario and [Michael] Conforto could be big contributors. I'll certainly follow the Mets."