Mets not expected to sign any players to contract extensions this winter

Posted: October 18, 2013 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

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With arbitration eligible players like Daniel Murphy and Dillon Gee starting to get significant raises in arbitration, it would make a lot of sense for the Mets to consider locking both of those players up to long-term deals so that the team can gain some kind of cost certainty.  According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, that is not going to happen. “But the Mets apparently don’t feel compelled in any of those cases to get cost certainty now, or to lock up those players for any of their free-agent years at this point.” Rubin writes. In fact not only are the Mets not considering a long term deal this winter for Murphy, but they will dangle him in trade discussions this winter according to Rubin.

This doesn’t make a ton of sense to me. Murphy has established himself as a top 10 second basemen in Major League Baseball. The Mets don’t have a lot of top 10 anything right now so it doesn’t make sense to move Murphy. He was top 5 in the National League in hits this season and is under team control for two more years. There is no reason to sell high on Murphy unless you believe he can’t duplicate this level of production. I think Murphy, who is the second best hitter on the team should be kept around on a long term deal or at the very least around for next season. Remember Sandy Alderson had nearly dealt him to the Dodgers and the Tigers the last two offseasons for very little in return.

As for Gee, as long as he keeps racking up innings he will continue to get raises in arbitration. It sounds like the mets are saving all of their money for free agency and feel comfortable going year to year with these two players for now.

Should the Mets sign any of their player to contract extensions this winter?


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