Days after falling short in the World Series, the Mets must make a pivotal offseason decision. With Friday's deadline looming, the club has not decided whether it will extend a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer to Daniel Murphy. If Murphy declines the qualifying offer and signs with another team—and no player has accepted one since the creation of the qualifying offer—the Mets would receive a compensatory draft pick in next year's amateur draft.
In 130 regular-season games, Murphy hit .281/.322/.449 with a career-high 14 home runs. He caught fire with seven home runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs in the playoffs. Before that, he had a .490 slugging percentage after the All-Star break, belting four homers each in August and September.
Murphy's poor defense at second was on display in the World Series. Yet he's still an above-average hitter projected to net a four-year, $48-million contract by FanGraphs' crowdsourcing. For his career, Murphy has hit .288/.331/.424 with a 109 wRC+.