Sandy Alderson non-commital on extending Daniel Murphy a qualifying offer
With Daniel Murphy heading into free agency this winter, questions have arisen as to whether or not the Mets would consider retaining the life-long Met, especially after his miraculous postseason in which he hit seven home runs in the Division and National League Championship Series.
Last week, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported the Mets would at least make a $15.8 million qualifying offer to Murphy, although Kristie Ackert of the Daily News reported previously the Mets remained uninterested in signing Murphy to a log-term contract, despite his immense success in the postseason.
But on Wednesday, Sandy Alderson insisted no decisions had been made regarding the retention of Murphy, including whether or not he would make him a qualifying offer by Friday’s deadline.
“Murph has been a great player for us over the years. He’s been a Met over his entire career,” the Mets Genrral Manager explained. “So we’re going to make that decision a little later this week.”
Alderson did say Dilson Herrera is a viable alternative to Murphy if the Mets decide not to retain him.
If the Mets make Murphy a qualifying offer, and he declines and signs with another team, the Mets would receive draft compensation in next June’s first-year player draft. That could prove significant if they also do not retain Yoenis Cespedes as replacing that lost production could come in the form of a player or players who also received a qualifying offer, meaning the Mets would have to relinquish one mor more draft picks for those alternatives.
It’s worth noting the Mets cannot extend Cespedes a qualifying offer since he was acquired mid-season.
It’s far from ideal for the Mets to relinquish a first round draft pick for the second year in a row. Recall, the Mets gave up their first-round selection in 2015 to sign Michael Cuddyer to a two-year contract last November.