Multiple reports Thursday night say Daniel Murphy will sign with the Nationals. It is a three-year deal worth $37.5 million.
The Mets have been sending signs for years that Murphy was not part of the Mets long-term plans. Even still, he reportedly held out hope that the Mets would re-sign him. The message was clear after they acquired Neil Walker, and Murphy started looking elsewhere.
He ends up with the Mets NL East rivals, something the Mets likely did not expect. Most people thought he would wind up in the American League where he could be a full-time DH. But now he remains in the field and in the division.
Daniel Murphy will be remembered as a loyal Met who moved all over the diamond for the team. Of course, he went out with a bang, setting a record with home runs in six consecutive post-season games. Let’s forget about his World Series error.
Could this come back to haunt the Mets? Only time will tell.