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American League GM thinks Daniel Murphy will command “$75 million, maybe more”

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Daniel Murphy has been a good, productive player for the Mets over the last seven-plus seasons, but the 30-year-old infielder wasn’t near the top of many free agent watch lists as October began. That has changed.

Murphy smashed three home runs in the NLDS, four home runs in the NLCS, and he’ll carry a record six-game postseason home run streak into Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night in Kansas City.

The buzz is real, as Nick Cafardo discovered when piecing together his Sunday column for the Boston Globe in which he polled scouts, managers, and general managers on the upcoming class of free agents. Here’s what one American League general manager had to say about Murphy …

“Obviously, he’s not going to be as hot as he’s been in the postseason, but he plays positions where his power plays well. There are teams like the Dodgers and Yankees who need a second baseman. Others, like the Angels, need a third baseman, where he also plays. He’s going to be sought-after and get a five-year deal at around $75 million. Maybe more.”

Cafardo also lists the Orioles, Angels, Astros, Dodgers, Padres, and Tigers as possible suitors for Murphy. It’s sounding like a Hanley Ramirez (four years, $88 million) or Pablo Sandoval (five years, $95 million) contract could be coming.

Joey Gallo turns his apartment into a batting cage

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While everything going on these days — the illnesses, the stress on the medical system, the stay-at-home-orders, the loss of mobility and the loss of work — hits poor and working people harder than it does well-paid professional athletes, the jocks have their own set of challenges too.

For example, Dallas, like almost everyplace else, is under stay-at-home order in response to the pandemic. That means that Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo can’t go to Globe Life Field and take his hacks in the batting cage as usual. So what’s a guy in his position to do?

Why, set up a cage in his de-luxe apartment in the sky:

Given how hard Gallo hits the ball, I’m sort of freaking out watching this, worrying that one bad bit of partial contact is going to shatter his windows. But I guess that’s a Joey Gallo problem.