Daniel Murphy has moved on…right into the Mets’ backyard.
Pending a physical, Murphy, the erstwhile postseason hero whose World Series missteps cost the Mets a few pivotal outs, has agreed to a three-year deal for the division rival Washington Nationals, according to multiple reports. Because Murphy rejected his qualifying offer, the Mets will retain the Nationals’ 2016 first-round draft pick in return.
Murphy, 30, fills a big second-base gap for the Nationals while also adding some pop to the lineup. He hit .281 last year, with 14 home runs and 17 RBIs in the regular season. Most memorably, the NLCS MVP his six straight home runs in the playoffs and seven total, along with 11 RBIs. But his fielding – always a concern with Murphy – caught up with him in the World Series, when he misplayed a slow chopper in the eighth inning of Game 4, helping the Royals break a tie and eventually win the game.
Murphy is a career .288 hitter and the Mets’ lone representative in the 2014 All Star game. A home-grown talent that was drafted by the Mets in 2006, Murphy spent all seven years of his major-league career with the team.