Daniel Murphy has moved on, right into the New York Mets' backyard.
Pending a physical, Murphy — a hitting hero through the first two rounds of the postseason who later cost the Mets a few pivotal outs in the World Series with his glove — has agreed to a three-year deal for the division rival Washington Nationals, according to multiple reports, the first of which came from ESPN.
The Associated Press reported the deal was for three years and $37.5 million.
Murphy, 30, fills a big gap at second base for the Nationals while also adding some pop to their lineup. He hit .281 with 14 home runs and 73 RBI in the regular season in 2015.
Most memorably, the NLCS MVP homered in six consecutive postseason games and totaled seven homers and 11 RBI in nine games in the NLDS and NLCS.
But his fielding, always a concern, caught up with him in the World Series, when he misplayed a slow chopper in the eighth inning of Game 4, helping the Kansas City Royals to break a tie and eventually win the game. He also made an extra-inning error that contributed to the Royals' scoring in Game 5.
Murphy, a career .288 hitter, was the Mets' lone representative in the 2014 All-Star Game. A homegrown talent who was drafted by the Mets in 2006, Murphy spent all seven years of his major league career with the team.
Because Murphy rejected his $15.8 million qualifying offer, the Mets will get the Nationals' 2016 first-round draft pick, the 16th overall, in return. The Mets also gain a compensation-round pick. The Nationals will have compensation-round picks for the losses of Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond.
New York already has replaced Murphy with free-agent second baseman Neil Walker.
The Nationals had spent much of the offseason being thwarted in pursuit of additions, including attempts to get a second baseman or lefthanded hitter.
They failed in bids to sign free agents Ben Zobrist, Jason Heyward and reliever Darren O'Day, and were unable to finalize a trade to acquire second baseman Brandon Phillips from Cincinnati.
Washington entered last season with World Series aspirations but failed to make the playoffs. The Nationals remade their starting infield, letting Desmond become a free agent and trading away Yunel Escobar. They hired Dusty Baker as manager after firing Matt Williams.
The Nationals likely expect to overcome Murphy's fielding weakness by pairing him with superb fielder Danny Espinosa at shortstop.
Woman who extorted Cashman pleads guilty
A woman charged with shaking down New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman has pleaded guilty to extortion, perjury and criminal impersonation.
Louise Neathway entered a type of guilty plea Wednesday that acknowledges sufficient evidence for conviction but doesn't admit guilt. She was sentenced to five years' probation.
Neathway, also known as Louise Meanwell, was charged in 2012 with harassing Cashman and extorting $6,000 by threatening to damage his reputation. She said the two had a consensual affair. Cashman was married at the time.