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Mets expected to extend qualifying offer to Daniel Murphy

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 is expected to be extended a qualifying offer by Friday's 5 p.m. deadline.

If the infielder accepts the offer, he will remain with the Mets on a one-year, $15.8-million deal. If he rejects it, the Mets will receive a draft pick if he signs elsewhere.

Murphy, 30, hit .281 with a career-high 14 homers in the regular season. It was the prelude to a memorable postseason in which Murphy homered in six straight playoff games, giving him seven in the first nine postseason games.

For the Mets, a qualifying offer would make sense. On the off chance that he accepts, the Mets would receive his potential production in 2016 without the risk of a long-term contract. But Murphy is expected to fetch a four-year deal potentially worth about $50 million.

No player ever has accepted a one-year qualifying offer.

Surgery for Granderson

Curtis Granderson had surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb, the club announced on Thursday. He is expected to be ready for spring training.

Despite the thumb issue, he emerged as a postseason star, hitting .283 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 14 games.

Harvey's comeback story

Matt Harvey was named the National League's Comeback Player of the Year. Counting the postseason, Harvey threw 216 innings, the most ever logged in the first season back from Tommy John surgery. He went 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA over 29 starts in the regular season. His outstanding season came despite plenty of hand-wringing about his workload.

Smoker added

The Mets added lefthander Josh Smoker, 26, to the 40-man roster. A first-round selection of the Nationals in 2007, he spent much of the year with Double-A Binghamton, posted a 3.12 ERA in 41 games and drew raves with a mid-90s fastball. With the Mets in need of arms to bolster their bullpen, he could be a factor next season.

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