The New York Mets have avoided arbitration with second baseman Daniel Murphy, coming to terms on a one-year deal, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN:
Source: Daniel Murphy has settled to avoid arbitration. Slightly below midpoint. #mets— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) January 29, 2013
The deal will pay Murphy $2.925 million for the 2013 season -- his first year of arb-eligibility -- a raise of more than $2 million from his salary last year. The figure is just $50k shy of the midpoint between the $3.4 million Murphy filed for and the $2.55 million with which the Mets countered.
Murphy, 27, bounced around between left field, first base, and third base for the Mets from 2008-2011 before finally settling in as the club's starting second baseman in 2012. The lefty hitter appeared in a career-high 156 games on the season, hitting .291/.332/.403 with six home runs and 40 doubles in 612 plate appearances.
With Murphy now locked up, the Mets have come to terms with all of their arbitration-eligible players. The only other player to exchange salary figures with the club, first baseman Ike Davis, agreed to terms on a one-year deal of his own a little more than a week ago.