The Mets have avoided arbitration with second baseman Daniel Murphy by coming to terms on a one-year, $5.7MM contract, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin (on Twitter). Murphy can earn an additional $50K for reaching 500 plate appearances — a feat he's accomplished with ease in each of the past two seasons. Murphy is represented by ACES.
Murphy is in his second year of arbitration eligibility and is controllable through the 2015 season for the Mets. His $5.7MM salary comes in just $100K shy of MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz's $5.8MM projection, although he'd slice that difference in half upon reaching 500 PAs. The Mets still have yet to come to an agreement with Dillon Gee or Lucas Duda, as shown in MLBTR's Arb Tracker.
End of Murph offseason trade talks
I hope so
I doubt it, for two reasons: 1) signing deals to avoid arbitration doesn’t preclude someone from getting traded, and 2) the New York media not only loves speculating but also loves proffering remedies and solutions to problems that might not even exist.
I remember recently, one columnist (not sure if it was the Daily News or the Post) had the Mets trading Murphy and Davis for a mediocre 1B so that they could then move Tejada to 2B and sign Drew for SS. Basically, do not underestimate them.
To be honest Murphy has been one of the most stable Mets players the past 2 seasons he honestly deserves the money he’s getting considering the stable numbers he puts up at 2B.