Daniel Murphy Potential Destinations

New York Mets

*2016 Committed Payroll: $101,409,244

*2016 Expected Positions to Fill: Bullpen, outfield power, middle infield depth.

The Mets went on a tear after the deadline acquisitions. As many Mets fans are concerned about re-signing Cespedes, Murphy is right behind him in the concern race. Murphy has been a great professional for the Mets the last seven years and they could use a solid SS, but 2B and 3B are pretty secured for the time being. With the uncertainty of Wright’s health, it would be huge to have Murphy fill in every once in a while at third base.

With Ben Zobrist on the market, I think Murphy will have to wait for Zobrist to sign before getting most of the attention. However, Murphy should be less costly than Zobrist. I think he will sign a four- or five-year deal for about $12 million per year. I predict the Mets will come up short to the crosstown rivals on this player. This will be a bargain signing compared to the upper echelon 2B salary of $13-16 million per year.

The playoff performance from Murphy may have priced himself out of the Mets, but certainly will make Murphy a rich man.  It is difficult to judge a player when he is at his best or worst, but Murphy has shown his skill set in his career.  Whatever team lands Murphy should not expect the October Daniel Murphy, but the professional hitter and below-average fielder.

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