I’m not sure signing a 34-year-old coming off a -1.0 WAR season counts as a major acquisition, but still, signing Daniel Murphy was the biggest splash that the Rox made this offseason. Sure, no one thought that we were getting prime 2016 Murphy – he of the .347/.390/.595 triple-slash line – but you had to think that the top brass expected more than the barely above replacement level .279/.328/.452 that the Rockies got.
The former second baseman also struggled with his move to first, compiling a -0.5 dWAR with nine errors. Those miscues were tied for sixth-most among all MLB first basemen, despite the fact that Murphy started only 98 games at the position.
Murphy is still signed for one more year (not counting a 2021 mutual option that is almost certainly not going to be exercised), so maybe he can salvage some value in 2020. If he doesn’t rebound though it seems like we’re looking at Ian Desmond 2.0.