Impending free agent Daniel Murphy will more than likely decline a qualifying offer from the Mets this fall, sending him straight to the open market. In 2015, “Murph” made a modest $8 million although many in baseball assume now that he is due for a raise after showing continued consistency at the plate and thanks to his postseason heroics this past year. Murphy has been able to stay healthy and reached over 500 at-bats for the 4th straight season while averaging over 147 games played since 2012.
Defense has always been a concern in Murphy’s game, but the 30-year-old has established himself as a worthy fielder during the past few seasons, although he’s still considered below average. The biggest asset Murphy provides is flexibility — he played first, second, and third base this past season. Playing on his favor heading into free agency is also the DH factor, which could raise his value within American League teams pursuing his services.
Three teams that will be heavily involved in the Daniel Murphy sweepstakes will be the New York Mets, New York Yankees, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.