NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Mets have extended infielder Daniel Murphy a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer.
The 30-year-old is expected to reject the offer and look for a long-term deal. If he does, the Mets can still negotiate with him. If he ends up signing with another team, New York will receive a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds in next year’s draft.
The 2014 All-Star broke into the majors with the Mets in 2008. He hit .281 with 14 home runs and 73 RBIs this past season.
The left-handed hitter exploded in his first taste of the postseason, going 19-for-58 (.328) with seven home runs, 11 RBIs, 13 runs scored, two doubles, six walks and a stolen base.
He set a major league record by homering in six consecutive playoff games and was named the MVP of the NLCS after the Mets swept the Cubs to advance to the World Series.
Murphy is a versatile fielder, though he’s error-prone. In 2015 he played 69 games at second base, 42 games at third base and 17 games at first base. His defensive shortcomings were exposed in the Mets’ five-game loss to the Royals in the Fall Classic.
He also has a reputation for making poor decisions on the basepaths.
In addition to Murphy, New York’s free agents include Yoenis Cespedes, Bartolo Colon, Tyler Clippard, Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe, Bobby Parnell, Jerry Blevins and Eric O’Flaherty.