Jeff Bridich: “I thought Daniel’s year all the way around was just OK.”
Colorado’s GM is talking about Daniel Murphy here, the biggest offseason signing for the Rockies heading into the 2019 campaign.
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The 34-year-old Murphy posted 0.2 WAR this season, hitting .279 in 478 plate appearances. That was the lowest batting average for Murphy since his first full season in the Majors in 2009 with the New York Mets. Of course, Murphy’s season was sidetracked in the second game of the season when he suffered an avulsion fracture of his left index finger. It wouldn’t be until early June that he raised his average above .240 as he rushed back to action without the finger fully healing.
It was disappointing for Murphy as he struggled in the field and at first base. However, Bud Black tried to spin it positively on Tuesday.
“I think another offseason with Daniel of getting in work at first base and taking the steps that he has told me he’s going to take this winter to come back with a vengeance and play like he’s capable both on defense and on offense, I think we’ll see a different Daniel Murphy next year.”
Rockies fans certainly hope so.