NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s no other way to put it. Daniel Murphy is having one of the greatest postseasons in baseball history.
The man is on an absolute tear. Through eight playoff games he’s hitting .364 with six home runs, nine RBIs, a double and a stolen base.
The free-agent-to-be might be in line for a decent payday when he hits the market, and there have been rumors that general manager Sandy Alderson does not intend to re-sign the second baseman.
Newsday reports that the Mets remain hesitant about signing Murphy to a long-term deal, though they might extend him a qualifying offer after the season.
The qualifying offer would be $15.8 million over one year.
If Murphy were to decline the offer, New York could still negotiate with him. If he ended up signing with another club, the Mets would receive draft-pick compensation.
Murphy has been a quality hitter since he broke into the majors with the Amazin’s in 2008, but he hasn’t displayed much power and has posted fairly low on-base percentages.
The bigger issues with the 30-year-old, however, have been his mediocre defense and poor baserunning.
The veteran has done everything right this postseason, however, making alert plays on the bases and flashing some leather at second.
The Mets lead the Cubs 3-0 in the National League Championship Series. With a win on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field, the Mets will clinch their first World Series berth since 2000.