DIt means the Mets will get a compensation pick in next June’s draft if Murphy signs elsewhere. But more importantly, it means the Mets can begin their off-season.
The Mets had been in a holding pattern, waiting for Murphy to decide. If he took the one-year dead, it would have eaten up a sizeable chunk of the Mets available payroll. It would have severely impacted their plans. Now they can move on.
As for Daniel Murphy, it is likely his agent spent the past week calling around to gauge interest in his client. He must be very sure Murphy is going to land a multi-year, mega bucks contract from someone else.
Of course, Murphy is still free to negotiate and re-sign with the Mets. But it does not seem like the Mets are really interested in having Murphy back.
If that is the case, Daniel Murphy left the team on a high note, with his record-breaking post-season. He will always be fondly remembered by a generation of Mets fans.