Daniel Murphy Signs With Nationals
Christmas came early for the Washington Nationals when second baseman Daniel Murphy signed a three year deal on Christmas Eve.
The former New York Met and the Nats agreed to a three year deal worth $37.5 million, pending physicals which will take place after the holiday season. With the signing of Murphy, the Nationals will lose a first round pick since the Mets had made a qualifying offer of about $15.8 million which Murphy turned down.
The Nationals were clearly looking to fill a need in the infield, especially at second base as they were in talks and even nearly closed a deal with the Cincinnati Reds for veteran Brandon Phillips, in which he vetoed with his no-trade clause. The Nationals’ lineup is also heavy with right-handers so adding a lefty bat to the lineup was also a necessity.
Murphy is the reigning National League Championship Series MVP, hitting seven homers and 11 RBIs and was an integral part of the Mets’ run to the World Series.
Murphy does have defensive issues at several infield positions which could be the main reason as to why he didn’t get even more offers or a larger contract. The Nationals do have Danny Espinosa and although he will most likely play shortstop, having him as a backup second baseman at times will be a good option if Murphy struggles defensively.
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