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Mets rumors: Daniel Murphy 'not necessarily a goner' from the Mets

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While many expect Daniel Murphy to bolt to the highest bidder, there's a belief within the organization he could stay.

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Since the end of the season, most articles about Daniel Murphy have centered on where he'll wind up now that he's a free agent. Colorado was reportedly discussing having him play first base, while the Dodgers, Angels, and Royals have all been suggested as plausible destinations. However according to Adam Rubin, the Mets are going to make a serious play to keep him.

"The Mets are expected to make a legitimate bid for the free-agent infielder. And there is a belief within the organization that Murphy might consider the Mets even if they are not the highest bidder because he has bene a member of the organization for his entire professional career and appeared to enjoy his time."

In seven seasons with the Mets, Murphy has averaged a slash line of .288/.331/.424 and amassed an fWAR of 13.8. Over the last three years, he's been worth at least 2.5 fWAR, and recently saw his power numbers return.

Dave Cameron and Jim Bowden both were in agreement that Murphy will receive a four year contract worth $48 million, while Jon Heyman projected a four year deal for $64 million.

The Mets have also been linked to Ben Zobrist, who might be a more attractive option for a couple reasons. The first being that he posses far more positional versatility than Murphy, and plays superior defense. While Zobrist will be more expensive, signing him would also give Dilson Herrera more time to develop, as well as provide the Mets with a compensation pick in the draft.