The Colorado Rockies and free agent infielder Daniel Murphy have reportedly agreed to terms of a 2-year, $24 million contract. Ken Rosenthal reported that the deal was quickly followed by Jeff Passan who reported the official terms.
#Rockies close on free-agent 2B Daniel Murphy, sources tell The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 20, 2018
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
Murphy was traded to the Chicago Cubs from the Washington Nationals during the trade deadline this past season. He appeared on the Cubs during the 2018 NL Wildcard game against the Rockies this past postseason where the Cubs lost. With both teams during the 2018 regular season, Murphy posted a slash line of .299/.336/.454 with 12 home runs and 42 RBI’s.
It’s speculated that Murphy will be playing some first base for the Rockies this season. As reported by Ken Rosenthal, Murphy has played 834 games at second base in his career and 225 games at first base. The Rockies right side of the infield features Ryan McMahon, Ian Desmond (who also plays outfield), and utility man Pat Valaika. Adding Murphy allows them some flexibility on the right side, as well as remain in pursuit of a second baseman, possibly bringing back DJ Lemahieu.