Daniel Murphy weighs in on parting with Mets

Daniel Murphy formally was introduced as the second baseman for the Washington Nationals on Thursday at Nationals Park.

Asked when he knew his time with the Mets was over, Murphy replied: "I guess New York had interest in Ben Zobrist, and then quickly pivoted and traded for Neil Walker with Jonathon Niese. Then they signed Asdrubal Cabrera as well to give the infield depth. When I looked up and I saw Walker, Cabrera, [Ruben] Tejada, [Wilmer] Flores and David [Wright], it didn’t look like there was going to be a spot for us.

"That was OK. New York was a place we spent a lot of time in. But now we get the chance to be in Washington, and we’re excited about that. So I know my wife is excited. She’s super pumped right now."

Murphy suggested that facing the Mets during spring training will make it easier to face the Amazin's 19 times during the regular season. Multiple former teammates have reached out to him, even though he is now on a rival.

"I got a lot of congratulatory texts from guys I used to play with," said Murphy, who signed a three-year, $37.5 million contract with the Nats. "David, Jake deGrom, even the manager Terry Collins reached out to me. So I enjoyed my time in New York. It was a lot of fun. Some great relationships were made. But my wife and I are really excited about the relationships we’re going to be able to make here and the opportunity that I think we’re going to be able to put ourselves in for 2016.

"As far as playing against them 19 times next year, I think the fact that we’ll be able to play against them in spring training should help to alleviate some of that, what will happen in the regular season. To be able to go up to St. Lucie, or have the Mets come to Viera, will help get me ready for when that happens. But, right now, we got an eye towards Viera. And I’m pretty sure we open up against Atlanta, so those are the important dates right now."