The Washington Nationals on Thursday have signed to a three year contract New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy according to a report from ESPN reporter Jim Bowden.
Murphy became a restricted free agent when he turned down a one year, $15.8 million dollar contract to remain with the Mets on November 13, 2015.
The Washington Nationals will have to surrender to the Mets their first round draft choice in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft to the Nationals as compensation to sign Murphy to a three year contract on Thursday. The financial details of the contract were not revealed.
Murphy played his entire career with the New York Mets as their second baseman since he made his debut in the Major Leagues in 2008.
The writing on the wall that Murphy had no intention of return to play second base for the Mets in the 2016 Major League Baseball season was when the Mets traded their left handed starting pitcher Jon Niese to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for their second baseman Neil Walker on December 9, 2015.
Murphy who was named the Most Valuable Player in the 2015 National League Championship Series wanted a four year deal to remain with the Mets.
The Mets management was only willing to sign Murphy to a one to two year deal to remain with the National League Champions.
The Washington Nationals needed the services of a veteran second baseman like Murphy since their attempts to make a trade with the Cincinnati Reds to acquire their second baseman Brandon Phillips fell through when Phillips refused to give up his no trade clause in his contract to play second base for the Nationals in 2016.
The Nationals finished in second place in the National League East Division standings with a record of 83 wins and 79 losses during the 2015 baseball season which seven games behind the Mets who won the division title.
The addition of Murphy as the second baseman of the Nationals in the 2016 baseball season should increase the chances of the Nationals making another run to make the playoffs for the first time since 2014 when they won the National League East Division title.