Today was a big day in baseball, as many players and teams came to terms on new contracts. This was due to the fact that today was the deadline for teams and players to submit their arbitration claims for the upcoming 2015 season.
One of these players was New York Mets 2014 All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy. As reported first by The Record’s Matt Ehalt, the two sides settled on a $8 million salary for next year. The Mets had originally submitted an offer of 7.4 million with Murphy countering 8.6 million. This deal seems to work out for everyone, as the two sides worked out a deal directly in the middle of their two offers. They were also able to get it done within minutes of their offers being submitted.
This is Murphy’s last year of arbitration eligibility, meaning he will be an unrestricted free agent after this year, free to sign with any team. Murphy hit .289 last season with nine home runs and 172 hits. He was on pace for 200 hits but an injury late in the season limited him to just 143 games. The injury isn’t considered a long-term problem for the usually tough Murphy, who before last year, was usually able to stay injury-free(excluding a less than memorable 2010 season).