Last season, Daniel Murphy split time between the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs. On Thursday afternoon, he put pen to paper on a two-year deal. Per Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, he’ll be playing for the Colorado Rockies next season,
Daniel Murphy is in agreement with the Colorado Rockies on a two-year, $24 million deal, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 20, 2018
But that’s not all. Don’t expect Murphy to just play second base in Colorado. In fact he might be getting some action at first as well, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.
If deal is completed, Daniel Murphy would figure to play a good amount of first base for #Rockies. Career totals: 834 games at second, 225 at first.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 20, 2018
For the Rockies, this is an offensive upgrade at first. But Murphy is a mess defensively, and so is Ian Desmond — who they’ll be looking to shift to the outfield. If nothing else, this move all but confirms that DJ LeMahieu will not be back with the Rockies next season.
Last season, the 33-year-old hit .299/.336/.454 with just 15 doubles and 12 home runs. He had a wRC+ of 110 in 2018, a far cry from his 2017 (135) and 2016 (154) totals. However, injuries would limit him to just 91 games. When healthy, he’s still a real force at the plate. And playing half his games at Coors is only going to help that.
The Rockies are coming off a pretty successful season on the diamond as well. They won the wild card game over the Cubs before getting swept in the NLDS by the Milwaukee Brewers. Surprisingly, it’s their offense that let them down in 2018. Murphy is definitely an upgrade in that department.