Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy told reporters that he has not had any talks with the Mets regarding a possible contract extension. Murphy, who is a free agent after the season, said he would like to remain with the Mets and hopes the team will speak with his agents.
“I’ve always been open to an extension. I’ve never approached the blessing of playing in the big leagues with thinking I need to maximize every single dollar I can get out of this game. I’ve made a whole bunch of money already.”
“As of right now I’m a Met for this year, for sure, love to be here in the future, but that is way in the future.”
According to Mike Vorkunov of NJ.com, Murphy does not believe he’s pricing himself out of the Mets’ range, as he pointed to the free agent deals the Mets have tendered Michael Cuddyer, Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon the last two offseasons.
Murphy, who turns 30 in April, will earn $8 million in what could be his final season with the Mets. An All-Star last season, it will be interesting to see how the Mets will handle the situation with the very popular Murphy this year.
With Dilson Herrera waiting in the wings, will they look to trade him before the deadline or ride the whole season out and risk not having anything to show for him when he heads to free agency?
Will the Mets gamble and make him a $16 million dollar qualifying offer after the season, an offer which Murphy may very well accept?
It’s certainly one of the many storylines to keep an eye on this season for the Amazins.
Murphy did say he would be willing to talk to the Mets about an extension during the season, but he prefers not to answer questions about it.
“The organization has a direction, just because I’m not locked up to a multi-year extension doesn’t mean I’m not part of that direction right now,” Murphy said.
“I am a part of what’s happening right now in 2015 which is exciting and which is what I think myself and the organization and everyone in that locker room is more concerned with.”