While Daniel Murphy would like to discuss a contract extension with the Mets, it looks like a foregone conclusion that he will test free agency after the 2015 season.
Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets have “no intention” of engaging in extension talks with Murphy, which has been their stance dating back to last year. The two sides recently agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract to avoid arbitration, but the Mets are prepared to let him walk next offseason and are even hesitant of making him a qualifying offer.
Murphy turns 30 in April and owns a .290/.333/.419 batting line for his career, but he’s a below-average defender at second base and will only likely get worse as he ages. He’s not the best candidate for a lucrative multi-year deal with New York, especially with prospect Dilson Herrera in the pipeline.