Which teams would be most likely a fit for Murphy?
Among American League teams, the Chicago White Sox might be a solid fit for Murphy. Jose Abreu was the designated hitter for the Sox in 34 games last season, only behind Yonder Alonso‘s 40 games (and we know Alonso ended the season with the Rockies). Rookie Zack Collins was the DH in 10 of Chicago’s September games but finished the season hitting just .186/.307/.349 overall.
Abreu is an unrestricted free agent this season and likely won’t be back with the Sox after being paid $16 million last year. So could the White Sox have an opening at DH? It’s possible.
If it’s not the White Sox, as stated earlier, the Rockies would need to likely find another AL team as its trade partner so Murphy could DH on most occasions.
What would the Rockies get in return for Murphy?
Likely mid-level prospects since the focus would be more on shedding his contract than the return. If another team’s pitcher needed a “change of venue” after recent struggles, the Rockies would likely take a chance on him.
If Murphy leaves, what does that do to Colorado’s lineup?
With Murphy gone from first base, Ryan McMahon would likely slide over from second to first to fill the position. Josh Fuentes played 96.1 innings at first last season (including the final two games against Milwaukee) and 24-year-old power-hitting Roberto Ramos is still waiting for his chance to show what he can do at the Major League level.
With McMahon as the primary first baseman, second base could be held down by Garrett Hampson (who shined in extended September playing time) or Brendan Rodgers (expected to be healthy again when 2020 drills begin).
What are the odds that the Rockies could move Murphy’s contract?
It’s going to be tough to find a team that would be a good fit and take on the contract. We’ll put it at about 20 percent.