I think it is safe to say that Daniel Murphy is going to have his best Christmas ever.
Murphy has reportedly signed a 3-year, $37.5 million contract with the Washington Nationals and will become the team’s everyday second baseman.
Murphy, 30, has spent his entire professional career with the New York Mets and was an integral part of this year’s NL pennant winner. He set an MLB record by hitting a home run in six consecutive post-season games and was named NLCS MVP.
Although Murphy expressed interest in remaining with the Mets he declined the team’s $15.8 million qualifying offer and elected to test the free agent market. His chances of returning to the team were ended when the Mets acquired Neil Walker from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a trade for pitcher Jonathan Niese a couple of weeks ago.
It appeared that the Nats were going to land Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, but the deal fell through. The Nats then set their sights Howie Kendrick who played with the Dodgers last season and on Murphy and found a match with the latter.
Instead Murphy will now play with the Mets’ division rivals who were widely expected to win the NL East this year, but fell on hard times. The Nats dismissed manager Matt Williams and replaced him with Dusty Baker (after it appeared they were going to hire Bud Black). It will be interesting how Mets fans receive Murphy when he walks onto CitiField wearing a Nats uniform. The Nats make their first visit to New York from May 17-19.
For the moment, Murphy is full of Christmas cheer than worry about Mets fans’ jeers.
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