After seven seasons with the New York Mets and a historic postseason in 2015, Daniel Murphy's run with the organization that drafted him could very well have ended with the last out of Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday.
The second baseman enters free agency with the prospect of not wearing a Mets uniform for the first time in his career in 2016.
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"I've enjoyed my time here," Murphy said. "I really have enjoyed my time here. This organization's been great to me. I love the guys. I can't sing their praises enough. I thought the fans were awesome this series. I thought they brought energy. And I most certainly have enjoyed it.
"I've been in this organization since 2006. It makes me feel old to say it. That's a long time. But I truly, truly enjoyed my time in this organization. I feel blessed to have been a Met this long."
Although the Mets plan to extend Murphy a qualifying offer for $15.8 million for 2016, he is expected to draw a big contract after his dynamite performance in the NLDS and NLCS. The team isn't expected to pursue Murphy beyond the qualifying offer.
In seven seasons with the Mets, the 30-year-old infielder hit .288/.331/.424 with 62 home runs and 402 RBI over 903 games.
He took the baseball world by surprise this postseason by hitting .328/.391/.724 with seven home runs and 11 RBI in 58 at-bats over 14 games, setting the MLB record for most consecutive postseason games with a home run when he went on a power tear in the division and championship series.
"I like it here," Murphy said. "I'd like to come back. But we'll have to see."