Daniel Murphy and the Mets have avoided arbitration, reportedly agreeing to a one-year deal Tuesday night for $2.925 million. Man, the Mets really didn’t want to give him $3 million.
After making $512,196 last season (man, the Mets really didn’t want to give him $513,000), Murphy was asking for $3.4 million. The Mets countered with $2.55 million.
Now that he is making the big bucks, the Mets will probably be less forgiving of his mistakes at second base. Daniel Murphy made great strides in 2012 in the field, but every ball hit to him is still something of an adventure.
Murphy also needs to pick it up a bit in the power department. He hit all of six home runs last season. Daniel Murphy is by no means a power hitter, but he did have 40 doubles last season, which means he hits the ball with authority. He should be hitting closer to 15 homers per season.
The Mets are now done with arbitration after earlier settling with Ike Davis ($3.125 million) and Bobby Parnell ($1.7 million).
The Mets are masters at avoiding arbitration hearings. Before Oliver Perez won his hearing in 2008, the Mets had not had to go that far since 1992, when David Come beat them.