The Mets could extend a $15.8-million qualifying offer to Daniel Murphy.
Murphy has broken out for the Mets this postseason, and has hit home runs in five consecutive games entering Game 4 of the NLCS. With his six postseason home runs, Murphy is now the Mets franchise postseason record holder.
Murphy finished the 2015 regular season with 14 home runs, 73 RBIs and a .281 batting average.
Heyman estimates that Murphy’s performance could fetch him a deal anywhere near $40 million for four years. If the Mets fail to re-sign Murphy, they have options at second base with Wilmer Flores and prospect Dilson Herrera in the minor leagues.
Murphy previously expressed interest in signing an extension with the Mets, who drafted him in the 13th round of the 2006 MLB draft, but talks never progressed.
The Mets won the National League East division and now find themselves one game away from their first World Series appearance since 2000.
- Christopher Chavez