Daniel Murphy will be the fifth highest paid Met in 2014, reportedly agreeing to a $5.7 million contract to avoid arbitration, nearly doubling his $2.925 million salary of last year.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York tweeted the news Friday afternoon. The contract is more than the $5 million I had budgeted for Murphy.
Daniel Murphy had another solid season in 2013, batting .286 and reaching career highs in home runs (13) and RBIs (78). His fielding has improved, but it is still a bit of an adventure when anything is hit his way.
Only David Wright ($20 million), Curtis Granderson ($13 million), Bartolo Colon ($9 million) and Chris Young ($7.25 million) will make more than Murphy, barring any sudden last-minute trades or free agent signings, which we all is know unlikely.
The Mets still have two more players who are eligible for arbitration — Lucas Duda and Dillon Gee.