With the offseason officially upon us, free agency started on Wednesday so will two Colorado Rockies from 2020 (Wade Davis and Daniel Murphy) ever play in the majors again?
The Colorado Rockies officially declined their end of the mutual option for infielder Daniel Murphy as he was included on the MLB free agent list released on Wednesday so his time as a member of the Rockies has officially come to an end.
With becoming a free agent and his struggles with the Rockies along with Wade Davis, who became a free agent once the Rockies released him in the penultimate week of the regular season, will Murphy and Davis ever play in the major leagues again?
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For others that have struggled with the Rockies, they fall in a few different categories in their post-Rockies career. Some names that played well for other teams are Jake McGee (he got a World Series ring this year), Darryl Kile, and Mike Hampton. Some that did play after they left the Rockies but not well and they include Bryan Shaw and Bill Swift (coincidentally, both went to Seattle after they left Denver), and some that never played again are Mike Dunn and Denny Neagle. Coincidentally, many of these names are among the Rockies 10 worst free-agent signings ever.
Davis’s main struggles were at Coors Field, as his road tOPS+ was 22 percent better in 2018, 15 percent better on the road in 2019, and 133 percent better in 2020 in a very small sample size of eight plate appearances. Perhaps, a team could sign him for a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. If that does happen, though, he would still have to make the team out of Spring Training, which isn’t always a foregone conclusion.
For Murphy, he struggled with injuries in 2019 but in 2020, he wasn’t injured and he was even worse at the plate, as he had an OPS+ of 54 and he was well below league average defensively.
Later this afternoon, we will publish Twitter polls to see where you lie on Murphy and Davis playing in the major leagues again so let us know what think over there, in the comment section, or elsewhere on social media.