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Daniel Murphy | Second Baseman | #20

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/1/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Jacksonville
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 13 (0) / NYM
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Nationals signed 2B Daniel Murphy to a three-year, $37.5 million contract.
The deal is now official. Murphy makes the jump from the Mets to the Nationals, which should add an interesting wrinkle to the rivalry. The 30-year-old is a poor defender, but he consistently hits for contact and gives Washington a much-needed left-handed bat. The Nationals will forfeit a draft pick for signing Murphy while the Mets will net a compensatory draft pick. Jan 6 - 1:44 PM

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Daniel Murphy has passed his pre-signing physical with the Nationals, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

The Nationals and Murphy have reportedly agreed to a three-year, $37.5 million contract, which is expected to be made official in a press conference on Thursday. Murphy, who has spent his entire career with the Mets, batted .281/.322/.449 with 14 home runs and 73 RBI last season and enjoyed a historic postseason power surge. He turned down a qualifying offer, so the Nationals will surrender their 2016 first-round pick in order to sign him.
Jan 6 - 1:19 PM

The Nationals and second baseman Daniel Murphy have agreed on a three-year deal, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is worth $37.5 million. The Nationals recently attempted to acquire Brandon Phillips from the Reds, but they moved on to Murphy after that deal fell through. The 30-year-old helped his stock more than any player this October, batting .328/.391/.724 with seven homers and 11 RBI during postseason play. The Nats will forfeit a draft pick for signing Murphy while the Mets will net a compensatory draft pick.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 05:06:00 PM

Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals have shown interest in free agent second baseman Daniel Murphy.

Murphy's been one of the quieter free agent names in the rumor mill this offseason. On December 8, the New York Post reported that the Mets were hoping to snag Murphy on a one or two year contract. It's unlikely they would offer him a long-term deal at this point. The 30-year-old infielder rejected New York's $15.8 million qualifying offer in November. Brandon Phillips has also been rumored as a possible second-base candidate for the Nationals.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 05:27:00 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets' interest in Daniel Murphy is limited to this point on their ability to get him on a 1-2 year deal.

In other words, it's almost surely not going to happen. Murphy rejected the Mets' one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer and could get as much as a four-year pact this winter from someone. The Mets are moving on to other options for second base after Ben Zobrist picked the Cubs.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 10:02:00 PM

2B Daniel Murphy has rejected the Mets' one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer.

He's probably not going to get that much annually, but Murphy won't have trouble netting a multi-year contract this offseason. He batted .281/.322/.449 with 14 homers this past season and broke a postseason record by homering in six straight games. The Rockies are one club known to have some interest in the veteran infielder.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 05:07:00 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman indicated Monday that the team doesn't expect to pursue free agent infielder Daniel Murphy.

Cashman declined to answer a question about Murphy specifically, but he indicated that they don't see a player like him as a fit for second base. "We have two offensive-profile players already at that position," said Cashman, in reference to Rob Refsynder and Dustin Ackley. "I think if we did any changing there, it would be seeking more balance on both sides of the ball." The Mets extended a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer to Murphy last Friday. He's fully expected to decline and sign elsewhere, which would net the Mets a compensatory draft pick in 2016.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 09:49:00 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Rockies have had internal discussions about signing Daniel Murphy to play first base.

Murphy is certainly going to get paid this winter after his massive postseason, though he loses a lot of value offensively if installed at first base. The Rockies seem to be open to acquiring a first baseman from outside of the organization, rather than hand the job to Ben Paulsen.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 02:39:00 PM

Mets extended a $15.8 million qualifying offer to 2B Daniel Murphy.

Murphy isn't a $15.8 million player, but he's going to turn down the offer and get a multi-year pact this winter. The second baseman hit .281/.322/.449 with 14 homers this season and raised his stock with a monster showing in the NLDS and NLCS.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 03:30:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets will make a $15.8 million qualifying offer to Daniel Murphy.

It's been the speculation for a few weeks now. Heyman notes that while Murphy is interested in remaining with the Mets, he's "very unlikely" to accept the qualifying offer. The NLCS MVP is in line to receive a pretty healthy contract in free agency.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 12:37:00 PM

Daniel Murphy set an MLB record by homering in his sixth consecutive postseason game on Wednesday, launching a two-run home run in the eighth inning to help the Mets to an 8-3 NLCS Game 4 win over the Cubs.

Murphy crushed an almost-homer that wound up a double in the seventh inning before hitting a real deal two-run shot in the eighth inning. He finished the game 4-for-5, working a pair of singles when he wasn't clobbering the ball around the park. In perhaps the Stat O' the Night, Murphy has now collected more hits this postseason (16) than times he's swung and missed (12). We'll see if his bat can stay hot through the six day break between Wednesday's conclusion of the NLCS and the start of the World Series.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 12:15:00 AM

Daniel Murphy did it again Tuesday, homering, singling and scoring a pair of runs in Tuesday's NLCS Game 3 victory over the Cubs.

Kyle Hendricks was the victim this time, as Murphy launched a pitch into the right-center field bleachers in the second inning. He then hustled to beat out an infield single before scoring one of the club's two runs in the seventh. Murphy has now inexplicably gone deep in five straight games and has homered a total of six times in eight contests this postseason.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 11:24:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are expected to make a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer to Daniel Murphy.

Previous reports indicated that the Mets wouldn't make a qualifying offer, but apparently his fantastic postseason has changed things. At the very least, this would put the Mets in position to receive a draft pick if he signs elsewhere as a free agent this winter. All indications are that the Mets will turn to in-house options (Dilson Herrera, Wilmer Flores) at second base next year. Even with the excellent postseason, Murphy is the sort of player who could see his market take a hit with a qualifying offer attached.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 03:03:00 PM

Daniel Murphy continued his torrid postseason hitting, homering in his fourth consecutive game as he led the Mets to a 4-1 victory over the Cubs and a commanding 2-0 series lead in the NLCS.

Murphy got his damage done early, following David Wright's first-inning RBI double with his towering blast to right field. He had just missed taking Arrieta deep earlier in the at-bat, blasting a slider into the second deck in right field, only just a few feet foul. He has tied the Mets franchise record with five career postseason home runs, all coming during this epic seven-game stretch. All of his long balls have come off the best of the best in the National League, victimizing Arrieta, Jon Lester, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw (twice). With Sunday's blast, he became just the eighth player in postseason history to homer in four straight games. The only player to do so five times, was Carlos Beltran with the Astros in 2004. He finished the night 2-for-3 plus an intentional walk and is hitting .357/.379/.929 with eight RBI in the postseason.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 11:17:00 PM

Daniel Murphy connected on a solo home run in the Mets' win over the Cubs in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday.

His round-tripper to right field got the scoring started in the first inning. Could Murphy be any hotter? He’s now tied for the postseason lead in home runs with Colby Rasmus and Kyle Schwarber. Three of his four jacks have come against left-handers, an incredible feat considering Murphy homered just once in 126 at-bats against southpaws during the regular season. We’ll see if Cy Young hopeful Jake Arrieta can cool Murphy off in Game 2.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 11:17:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
3Jhonatan Solano
4Pedro Severino
5Spencer Kieboom
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
3Chris Bostick
SS1Danny Espinosa
2Stephen Drew
3Trea Turner
4Brendan Ryan
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Matt den Dekker
3Reed Johnson
CF1Ben Revere
2Michael Taylor
3Logan Schafer
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Gio Gonzalez
4Joe Ross
5Tanner Roark
6A.J. Cole
7Taylor Jordan
8Bronson Arroyo
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Shawn Kelley
3Felipe Rivero
4Trevor Gott
5Oliver Perez
6Blake Treinen
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Rafael Martin
9Aaron Barrett
10Matt Grace
11Sammy Solis
12Nick Lee
13Nick Masset
14Aaron Laffey