Daniel Murphy, First Base
Daniel Murphy was the Rockies only MLB signing of the offseason. The deal was for 2 years and $24 million, which includes a $6 million buyout for the 2021 season. The Rockies and Murphy also have a mutual option for $12 million.
It was a bit of an odd signing because the Rockies signed him, a second baseman, to actually play first base full-time.
Recently, Rox Pile’s Kevin Henry spoke with him in an exclusive conversation about how the transition to first base on defense has been.
"“I feel like I’ve played fairly well,” said Murphy. “I would say I left a bit to be desired on my own. I think some routine plays I haven’t made that I would really like to make. I think I’ve probably done fairly well on the ball that I’m not expected to make. I would like to tighten up my work on the routine play.”"
The Rockies expected him to be one of their main bats entering the season but it was put on hold very early. In the second game of the season, he sustained a finger injury while he was fielding a groundball at first. He had to be placed on the injured list as a result.
The injury nearly cost him a month but it could have been longer.