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Daniel Murphy, Mets Avoid Arbitration; Second Baseman Agrees To $2.9M Deal

Daniel Murphy (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Daniel Murphy (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Second baseman Daniel Murphy and the Mets have agreed to a one-year contract worth $2,925,000, avoiding salary arbitration.

The 27-year-old Murphy hit .291 with six homers and 65 RBIs last year, when he made $512,196. He had asked for $3.4 million in arbitration and had been offered $2.55 million.

He was the final Mets player to agree to a deal among the three who filed for arbitration. First baseman Ike Davis agreed at $3,125,000 and pitcher Bobby Parnell at $1.7 million.

Free-agent pitcher Shaun Marcum took a physical Tuesday and the Mets hope to finalize his agreement on Wednesday.

The team also signed reliever Scott Atchison to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The 36-year-old right-hander was 2-1 with a career-best 1.58 ERA in 42 games for Boston last season.

Murphy was drafted by the Mets in the 13th round of the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft.

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