Ever helpful Orioles fans have suggested the team take a shot at luring Daniel Murphy to Baltimore.
Murphy has undoubtedly helped enrich himself with his outstanding postseason for the new National League champion New York Mets.
On Wednesday night, Murphy had four more hits and set a record by homering in his sixth straight postseason game as the Mets completed a four-game sweep over the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series.
Someone will pay Murphy.
In 2004, Carlos Beltran had a great postseason for the Houston Astros, helping to secure a huge contract with the Mets.
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Last year, another big time postseason performer, Pablo Sandoval cashed in with a big deal with Boston. It’s a deal the Red Sox are now regretting.
In 1986, the year the Mets last won the World Series, the Series MVP was Ray Knight, who batted .391.
Knight was a third baseman of no particular distinction other than having a terrific World Series in his contract year.
Unfortunately for him, owners colluded in the off-season, and he had to take a pay cut before signing a one-year, $600,000 contract with the Orioles for 1987.
Knight picked the wrong time to sign with the Orioles, who had an awful season under new manager Cal Ripken, Sr.
At 34, he hit .256 with 14 home runs and 65 RBIs as the Orioles lost 95 games. Knight played one more year, then retired.
Murphy has a lifetime .288 average and this year hit a career high 14 home runs before his out of body postseason.
He plays first base, second and third, though not particularly well. Though the Orioles will be looking for a new first baseman if Chris Davis leaves via free agency, they’ll undoubtedly have better options at first than Murphy.
While someone, perhaps the Yankees—or even his current team—will make him a rich man, the Orioles will resist the temptation to chase after a good player who is having the month of his life at the right time.
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