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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.

Trea Turner hits for the cycle

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner hit for the cycle on Tuesday night against the Rockies, becoming the first National to hit for the cycle since, well, himself back on April 25, 2017… against the Rockies.

Turner led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to center field off of Peter Lambert. He singled in the second, tripled to lead off the fourth, and hit an RBI double as part of an eight-run seventh inning to complete the cycle.

Turner is the fourth player to hit for the cycle this season. The others:

After completing the cycle, Turner is hitting .286/.343/.494 with eight home runs, 25 RBI, 41 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases in 277 plate appearances this season.