The Colorado Rockies Reportedly Have Interest In Mets’ Daniel Murphy
By Andrew Dill
Daniel Murphy had one historic postseason this past year with the New York Mets. The Colorado Rockies were apparently in awe, having internal discussions on New York’s second baseman.
Now, as mentioned in Ken Rosenthal’s tweet above, Murphy would not be manning the second base position for the Colorado Rockies, as they already have a Gold Glover in DJ LeMahieu. Instead, Murphy would be filling the void at first base after Colorado declined their $9 million option on Justin Morneau.
Murphy is not the best defensive player in the world, yet Colorado is seeking more production outside of Ben Paulsen at first base. This past postseason was telling as Murphy absolutely went on a roll, especially in the NLCS.
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Murphy hit at a clip of .529/.556/1.294 with nine hits in 18 plate appearances, collecting one double, four home runs and six RBI’s. In the NLDS, Murphy slashed .333/.333/.810 with seven hits in 21 at-bats, recording one double, three home runs and five RBI’s. The 30-year-old cooled off in the World Series against the Kansas City Royals, collecting just three hits in 20 at-bats — all singles.
Colorado, under first-year general manager Jeff Bridich, is looking to be aggressive this offseason, and it seems to be off to a good start. However, Colorado doesn’t need to add power bats to a lineup that features Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez, Corey Dickerson, Charlie Blackmon etc. but Murphy would be a nice piece to a puzzle, that’s if the Rockies’ get some arms in their rotation and bullpen.
Murphy hit at a clip of .281/.322/.449 during the regular season for the Mets, notching 38 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs and 73 RBI’s in 130 games. According to Baseball Reference, Murphy found himself ranked 10th on the entire team in WAR, sitting at 1.4.
Don’t forget, if the Rockies’ were to sign Daniel Murphy, they would lose their second-round pick.
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In conclusion, Murphy to the Rockies has me interested, only if the price is right of course. But hey, we need pitching and now!