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Mets' Daniel Murphy cleans out locker for what could be last time

New York Mets' Daniel Murphy waves to fans

New York Mets' Daniel Murphy waves to fans after Game 5 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Kansas City Royals Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, in New York. The Royals won 7-2 to win the series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Photo Credit: AP

Daniel Murphy met Wilmer Flores in front of the players' entrance at Citi Field and enveloped him in a bear hug. He signed a few autographs and walked in for what might be the last time.

"How am I feeling?" he said before cleaning out his locker on Monday. "I'm grieving."

Murphy, who will be a free agent, might be taking it worse than most. The Mets likely will extend a $15.8-million qualifying offer for 2016, but Murphy is believed to be looking for a more lucrative long-term deal -- which means his disastrous last two games could be his final memories as a Met.

The mood was appropriately somber a day after the Mets lost the World Series. Dribs and drabs of players came back to gather their belongings. Ruben Tejada hobbled by. Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto and Matt Reynolds carpooled. Jeurys Familia had so much stuff -- boxes, memorabilia, a larger-than-life image of his own head -- that he needed at least five trips to load it into his SUV.

Yoenis Cespedes limped to a waiting Escalade, and when asked how his knee felt, he answered "asi asi," in Spanish -- not awful, not great.

"Tired," Terry Collins said when he was asked how he was doing.

Still, for all the wound-licking, it wasn't all negative.

"We're feeling great," said Familia, as even-keeled as ever. "The World Series, we got there. Hopefully, next year, we try to win this thing.

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