Daniel Murphy Newsbeat
Thursday, December 24, 2015
No airing of grievances in the Murphy household.
Former New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has agreed to a three-year deal with the Washington Nationals, a club source told ESPN’s Jim Bowden.
Murphy set a major league record with homers in six straight postseason games and earned National League Championship Series MVP honors.
Posted: December 24, 2015 at 05:40 PM | 14 comment(s)
Sunday, December 20, 2015
This generation’s Jody Reed.
Ian Desmond, SS, 30
Do you evaluate a player in his walk year or his track record? That’s the question with Desmond.
As I see it, this is a good player who had a bad year (.674 OPS), but he will be a difference-maker again, and he could wind up being a relative bargain. Desmond and his agent just need to understand his market and know that certain clubs won’t be able to see past his 2015 performance. He likely won’t get an offer as good as the seven-year, $107 million extension he reportedly turned down from the Nationals last offseason, and that might be frustrating for him. However, if Desmond chases the perceived “mistake” he made, then he will never be the player he is capable of being, which is a dynamic shortstop with 20-homer power and one of the strongest arms in the game.
My guess is that a desire to match last year’s offer will lead him to hold out for a while.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Are the Nationals really interested in Murphy or are they trying to pressure the Reds a little to get them to agree on a Phillips deal?
Monday, October 26, 2015
Happy Murphy Day!
With Murphy’s new stance, his ISO has increased dramatically, as well as his batted ball distances. From 2010-2014, the average distance on Murphy’s HR’s, fly balls, and line drives was 254.39 feet; this season, though, it rose to 269.95 feet.
It would seem that not only is Murphy deserving of a multi-year deal, but that the initial estimates of a contract worth $30 to $40 million might be shortchanging the second baseman. Over the last three years, he’s produced fWAR’s of 3.1, 2.5, and 2.5, respectively, and with the resurgence of his power, Murphy could easily be worth more in the future.
To be completely honest, when I began this article, there was a notably different tone. The title was meant to be “A plea to sanity: Don’t overspend on Daniel Murphy”, but it turned out that the sane conclusion was that he might very well be worth more than what he eventually signs for. While it likely would have been possible to keep the original angle for this article, it would have been disingenuous to ignore his statistics and the value that he’s provided in recent memory.
Murphy isn’t going to get a contract worth $100 million, but something in the range of four years and $60 to $75 million doesn’t seem outrageous. He’ll be 31 years old next season, and with Ben Zobrist as only other reasonable alternative to Murphy, there could very well be a bidding war for the second baseman’s services.
Sunday, October 25, 2015
“If you’re in the zone, your ideation is positive. You’re not thinking about the bad things. And thinking positively has been shown to have an effect on outcomes,” he wrote. “Honestly, I don’t know why it doesn’t turn up in the research. I think it’s the adjustments again. You get hot, you get more scrutiny, and they look closer at how to get you out.”
Thursday, October 22, 2015
To make this list as Murphy-esque as possible, this is what we’re looking at:
1. Players who had a sub-2.0 Wins Above Replacement mark in-season (per Baseball Reference), as Murphy (1.4) did.
2. Pre-World Series postseason numbers. This is all about getting to that round, not what happened within it (sorry, Gene Tenace).
3. A somewhat sustained run of impact—not a single, signature moment (such as the Francisco Cabrera hit or the Dave Roberts steal).
Posted: October 22, 2015 at 03:31 PM | 3 comment(s)
Well, that’s settled.
The Mets intend to make the qualifying offer of $15.8 million to Daniel Murphy.
But that is mostly about guaranteeing a draft pick next June and remaining in play to sign the second baseman, even if the odds to keep him long-term remain — at best — iffy.
Posted: October 22, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 20 comment(s)
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Monday, October 19, 2015
Murphy would fit many teams, maybe even the Yankees at second. But as executives tried to guess (and these were guesses, not hard information) where Murphy could land, three teams came up most often:
1) The Astros because they love versatility and could use Murphy at first, third and DH, and want to diversify a lineup that strikes out too much. In addition, in private Astros notes leaked last year, it was revealed Houston and New York discussed a trade of Murphy for shortstop Jonathan Villar.
2) The Dodgers just saw firsthand what Murphy can do, have had great success with another infielder (Justin Turner) who the Mets persistently wanted to get rid of and also value versatility. However, if they retain Howie Kendrick, the likelihood of adding Murphy would fall precipitously.
3) The Angels have to bulk up their offense and don’t have a deep system to do it via trade and want to avoid the higher-priced free agents such as Justin Upton and Cespedes.
Posted: October 19, 2015 at 08:56 AM | 47 comment(s)
Is Lagares a really a backup? I know Cespedes is playing there now, but Lagares was playing a serviceable centerfield before he had arm problems earlier this year.
“If they are keeping their payroll in the same neighborhood, they can’t afford to keep him,” the GM said. “He’s making $8 million now, will probably get a bump on that and he’s going to want some years.
“They already have all that money invested in Juan Lagares (4 years, $22.5 million) and Michael Cuddyer (1 year, $10 million) who are both backups now,” he continued. “You can’t keep your payroll under control like that.”
Posted: October 19, 2015 at 06:08 AM | 52 comment(s)
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