The New York Mets are unlikely to bring back second baseman Daniel Murphy in 2016, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News:
Murphy has been a revelation in the playoffs, hitting .357/.379/.929 with five home runs in 28 postseason at bats.
Murphy's stellar October has followed a 2015 season in which he hit .281/.322/.449 with a career-high 14 home runs in 130 games. He was an All-Star in 2014, when he hit .289/.332/.403 with nine home runs and 13 stolen bases. In seven seasons with the Mets, he has hit .288/.331/.424 with 62 home runs, accumulating 12.5 WAR, according to Baseball-Reference's model.
Without Murphy in the fold next season, the Mets are planning to play Wilmer Flores at second base until 21-year-old prospect Dilson Herrera is ready to take the reins full-time. Herrera hit .327/.382/.511 with 11 home runs in 81 games at Triple-A Las Vegas this season, so he should be ready for the big leagues sooner rather than later.
Murphy made $8 million this season and will likely get a raise from that in free agency, especially considering his postseason performance. With significant payroll commitments to the likes of Juan Lagares and Michael Cuddyer or 2016 already, that likely puts him out of the Mets' price range. A draw for teams will be that he is quite comfortable at first and third base as well as second, where he primarily played during his time with New York.
Among the primary suitors for Murphy this offseason could be the Angels and Royals, according to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin, who also said there is a slim chance that Murphy could move across town and join the Yankees.