The Mets are expected to let Daniel Murphy walk as a free agent this winter and FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that the Rockies have “discussed internally” the possibility of signing him as a first baseman.
Murphy has appeared in 190 games at first base during his career, but his primary position has been second base. Of course, he’s viewed a liability there, so finding another spot on the diamond for him makes sense. His best position has long been considered third base, but the Rockies don’t have a need there with Nolan Arenado in the fold. After turning down their part of a $9 million mutual option on Justin Morneau this week, the Rockies obviously don’t appear sold on a Ben Paulsen/Wilin Rosario platoon at first base.
Murphy turns 31 next April and owns a .288/.331/.424 career batting line. His unexpected home run binge in the postseason aside, he doesn’t really have the power you’d normally associate with a first baseman. However, playing half of his games in Coors Field wouldn’t hurt. It’s ultimately an imperfect fit, so the big question is how he makes sense for a rebuilding team.
The Mets extended a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer to Murphy on Friday. If he turns it down and signs with another team, the Mets would receive a draft pick as compensation. The Rockies were tied for the fourth-worst record in the majors this past season, so they would have to surrender a second-round pick to sign Murphy (or another qualifying offer free agent).