Coming off a record-setting postseason, teams are already beginning to discuss bringing NLCS MVP Daniel Murphy aboard. The 30-year-old left-handed hitter, who primarily plays second base, is expected to leave the Mets despite the organization extending a $15.8 million qualifying offer yesterday.
It seems that the Colorado Rockies may be among Murphy's suitors; they have reportedly had internal discussions about him playing first base. Murphy appeared in 17 games at first base with the Mets this year and looked pretty comfortable defensively. Whether his bat is sufficiently potent to carry the position is another matter, and perhaps what the Rockies are mulling.
Murphy is a career .288/.331/.424 hitter who opened many eyes after an explosive power surge in the postseason with the Mets this year. The Florida Native slugged a home run in six consecutive games between the NLDS and NLCS and hit a total of seven home runs this postseason. If Murphy were to reject his qualifying offer and sign with another team, the Mets would receive a compensation pick between the first and second rounds of next June's draft.