NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — According to multiple reports, Daniel Murphy has agreed to a three-year deal with the National League East-rival Nationals.
Murphy played for the Mets from 2008-15 and became a free agent after the season. He turned down New York’s $15.8 million qualifying offer, so the Mets will receive a pick between the first and second rounds of the MLB First-Year Player Draft as compensation.
The 30-year-old had one of the greatest postseasons of all-time this past October. He became the first player in major league history to homer in six consecutive playoff games and took home National League Championship Series MVP honors.
In the Mets’ stunning four-game sweep of the Cubs in the NLCS, Murphy hit .529 with four home runs, a double and six RBIs. His bat cooled off in the World Series, however, and he struggled defensively in the five-game loss to the Royals.
The December 9 trade that sent Neil Walker to the Mets all but ended Murphy’s tenure in Queens.
Murphy was an All-Star in 2014. This past season he batted .281 with 14 home runs and 73 RBIs in 130 games.
The Nationals were expected by most experts to win the NL East for the third time in four years in 2015, but the Mets beat them out for their first division title since 2006.