Mets and Daniel Murphy agree to $8 million deal to avoid arbitration

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The Mets and second baseman Daniel Murphy avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $8 million contract, reports Matt Ehalt of the Bergen Record.

Murphy requested $8.6 million and was offered $7.4 million by the Mets when arbitration figures were exchanged yesterday, so the two sides ultimately met at the exact midpoint. He made $5.7 million in 2014.

Murphy’s defense is still shaky at times, but he has been very consistent at the plate, hitting .288/.327/.407 over the past three seasons. He’ll turn 30 in April and is due to become a free agent next winter. Top prospect Dilson Herrera is considered the second baseman of the future, so it’s basically a foregone conclusion that the two sides will part ways after 2015.