The last baseball fans remember of Daniel Murphy, he was setting a postseason record by homering in six straight games, and if that memory is still fresh on Draft Day, even with him now donning a Nationals uniform, it could inflate his value. That's not to say he's a bad player -- he was the 11th-best second basemen in Head-to-Head points leagues last year, making him a perfectly adequate starter in standard mixed leagues -- but if the seven-year veteran's 14 home runs during the regular season were a career high, then six in six games are simply too good to be true. He's normally more of a high-contact gap hitter, making him a better choice in points leagues than Rotisserie -- and one who doesn't really stand out from the Dustin Pedroias and Joe Paniks at what looks to be a fairly interchangeable position. Murphy should probably last into the late rounds.
Murphy agreed a three-year contract with the Nationals on Thursday, ESPN's Jim Bowden reports. Murphy, best known for clubbing home runs in six straight postseason games en route to claiming NLCS MVP honors this past fall, will presumably take over as the Nats' everyday second baseman. The addition of Murphy likely locks Anthony Rendon into a full-time role at third base, while Danny Espinosa serves as the Nats' top bench option at both positions. Along with his playoff exploits, Murphy enjoyed a productive regular season with the division-rival Mets in 2015, batting .281 to go with 38 doubles, 14 homers, and 73 RBI, all of which were in line with the marks he delivered in his career-best 2013 campaign. The 30-year-old is no longer particularly active as a base stealer, but with reigning MVP Bryce Harper, Rendon, and Jayson Werth to support him in the lineup, Murphy's run and RBI totals figure to remain rather stable in his new locale.
Murphy declined his qualifying offer from the Mets on Friday and will remain a free agent, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports. The move was an expected one, as Murphy will command a multi-year deal on the open market, though it's unclear if he'll be able to get the $15.8 million annually he could've gotten from the qualifying offer. Murphy is expected to get something in the range of four years for $50 million, and the Mets will now get a draft pick as compensation if he signs elsewhere.
Murphy, as expected, was given the $15.8 million qualifying offer by the Mets, Murphy will have seven days to accept or reject the offer, which will allow the Mets to receive draft pick compensation should he sign with another organization. The expectation is that he will end up elsewhere with numbers in the four-year, $50 million range having been tossed about in the industry.
Mets hot-hitting second baseman Daniel Murphy will receive the $15.8-million qualifying offer once the postseason comes to a conclusion, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Considering hit historic postseason run, this really shouldn't come as much of a surprise. The Mets are interested in bringing back Murphy, but it's unclear how much competing teams might be willing to pay him after his terrific play in the postseason.
Second baseman Daniel Murphy went 1 for 4 with a solo homer in the Mets' Game 1 win over the Dodgers on Friday. He jumped on a 2-0 Clayton Kershaw pitch in the fourth inning, sending it over the right-field wall to put New York on the board. Murphy hit .254/.284/.349 with just one home run in 134 plate appearances against left-handed pitching during the regular season.