For the most part, the Colorado Rockies had a quiet offseason … but that doesn’t mean it was an unproductive offseason.
The team’s young core of pitching and offense remains intact for another season with their sights set on a championship. The Colorado Rockies‘ offseason focused on two major storylines: The efforts to extend third baseman Nolan Arenado and the search for a strong offensive presence to take over first base.
Rumors abound that the Rockies are getting close to a long-term deal with Arenado and they have already found their solution (at least for two seasons) at first base. Former Washington Nationals and New York Mets slugger Daniel Murphy has agreed to a two-year, $24 million contract with the Rockies with the intention of having him play primarily first base.
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Murphy first began to make a name for himself during his historic 2015 postseason with the Mets, hitting seven home runs in nine games against the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs. He has not missed the postseason since, returning twice with the Nats and facing the Rockies in the National League Wild Card game last season with the Cubs.
In 2016 and 2017, Murphy led the NL in doubles, hitting 47 and 43 respectively. Murphy battled injuries at the start of 2018 but, assuming he remains healthy, he’s a good candidate to lead the league in doubles again in 2019, especially if you take into account the notorious outfield gaps boasted by Coors Field.
The guys at Blake Street Ball recently broke down the Murphy acquisition and explained why they’re excited to watch him in 2019:
Whether it is his offensive prowess, his veteran leadership or his playoff experience, Murphy seems to be just what the Rockies’ lineup needs to take that next step.