NEW YORK -- The New York Mets have extended contract offers to first baseman Eddie Murray and right-hander Rick Sutcliffe, according to people on both sides of the deals.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have offered a one-year contract to Murray, 35, who drove in 96 runs for them last season. But they have refused to greatly improve their proposal. Murray, according to a person close to the Dodgers as well as published reports in Los Angeles, has told other Dodgers players that he probably wouldn't return for next season.
The Mets confirmed yesterday that they made an official offer to Murray within the past 48 hours. The details of the proposal are unclear, but it can be reasonably assumed that the offer is for at least two years and in the neighborhood of $6 million.