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Report: Rockies sign Daniel Murphy to two-year, $24 million deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the Rockies and infielder Daniel Murphy are nearing agreement on a contract. Per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the two sides have agreed to a two-year, $24 million deal.

Murphy, 33, split last season between the Nationals and Cubs, batting an overall .299/.336/.454 with 12 home runs and 42 RBI in 351 plate appearances. He got a late start to the season, debuting on June 12, after recovering from offseason microfracture surgery on his right knee.

Murphy should share time at both first and second base in 2019. Ian Desmond could handle first base with a lefty on the mound and Murphy would play there against right-handers. Murphy would also share second base with prospect Garrett Hampson.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.