Just a year after adding the veteran infielder to bolster their top-heavy offense, the Rockies might be well-served to look at trading Daniel Murphy to fill in some other holes on their roster. That’s at least the opinion of Mark Feinsand in this column.
What’s the market for a will-be-35-year-old, defensively limited first baseman? There probably is at least a decent market given the fact that Murphy rebounded offensively to post perfectly fine numbers. He is also due only $8 million next season, with a $12 million mutual option or $6 million buyout for 2021. That’s all manageable in baseball’s current economics.
Feinsand notes that Murphy would be a good fit in the American League where he could be a designated hitter. That makes sense and probably further bolsters the case that another team might actually be interested in trading for him. But if we’re being realistic, the kind of return the Rockies could get for one year of Murphy is probably more on the fringes of the roster than addressing the foundational problems that were exposed in 2019.