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4/1/1985 (31 y, 10 m, 25 d)
2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 13, Pick: 18, Overall: 394, Team: New York Mets
$37.5M / 3 Years (2016 - 2018)
Murphy will play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports. (2/9/2017)
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Year in Review:
Murphy started the year batting second and playing left field. He ended the season batting fifth and playing first base. The year began fine for him, as Murphy had an .850 OPS through his first 26 games. But a couple of high-profile gaffes out in left field, combined with the injury to Carlos Delgado, forced him to first base. And whether due to his new position, the slate of injuries to the team’s stars, or pitchers finally adjusting to him, Murphy went into a prolonged slump. Over his next 60 games, he had a .199/.270/.283 line. But the injuries allowed him to stay in the lineup and Murphy rebounded. He finished the year with a .290/.318/.500 line over his final 262 plate appearances. One adjustment Murphy made during the year was to swing at more pitches. In May his O-Swing% was 15.0% and his Swing% was 40.7. By September those numbers were 42.5% and 64.5%, respectively.
The Year Ahead:
Publically, the Mets have said that Murphy will be the team’s first baseman in 2010. But even if he does retain the job, he likely will be one of the worst power hitters at a position that basically demands 30+ homers. Additionally, Murphy had a .682 OPS versus lefties, 72 points below his mark against righties, and he faced very few southpaws down the stretch. On top of that, one of the team’s top-hitting prospects is first baseman Ike Davis, who did well in Double-A and the Arizona Fall League. But it is not all bad news for Murphy. His .290 ISO in September ranked eighth among all first basemen; his .288 BABIP has plenty of room for growth; and Murphy retains outfield eligibility, having played 27 games there last season. Ultimately, Murphy’s main value may come as trade bait. A natural third baseman, Murphy stacks up better statistically at the hot corner, but that position is filled by David Wright. (Brian Joura)
In over 1000 plate appearances, Murphy has hit .292, so it looks like a good batting average is part of his true-talent skillset. On the other hand, those PAs have only produced 20 home runs and nine stolen bases, so he won't give you much in the other categories. League average power and a lot of balls in play will work in the middle infield, and the Mets are committed to trying Murphy at second base once again. Hopefully he won't end up with his third straight injury at the keystone -- the idea is that he has trouble with the turn and exposes his knee to these disastrous confrontations. If he can learn the position, he might be a Omar Infante type second baseman, giving his owners a decent batting average without any power or speed. If not, he'll be a sub-standard corner infielder. For now, he's a great plug-and-play guy in deeper formats. (Eno Sarris)
The Quick Opinion:
The Irish Hammer paradoxically doesn't own much power. And he doesn't have much speed. As long as he's a middle infielder, his contact-heavy approach might work in some leagues, but it won't produce a top-ten type hitter at any position.
Last season, 82 players had more than 600 plate appearances. Only four of them had fewer combined home runs and stolen bases than Daniel Murphy. Of course, batting average is a strength for the Mets' second baseman, which makes him more interesting than Carlos Lee, Yonder Alonso and Yunel Escobar -- but Michael Young had the least combined homers and steals, and he provides a cautionary tale. Young has long had strong batting averages, built mostly on ground balls, line drives, and a little speed propping up his career batting average on balls in play (.334), but when his BABIP dropped below .300 for the first time in 2012, the former Ranger had a .277 batting average and was one of the worst regulars in baseball. Murphy might look like he has Young's skills, but line drive rate does not correlate well year-to-year, and his lack of secondary skills make him a risky bet for fantasy value. Remember how long it took him to hit his first home run last year, and then think on the fact that he's only twice in his career topped double-digits in stolen bases. He's not even a lock to continue playing second base -- though his defense improved, he's suffered two season-ending injuries making the turn on a double-play, and isn't a natural in the field. (
The Quick Opinion:
The Irish Hammer stayed healthy for a full year, and displayed his customary line-drive-driven batting average, but for a guy named after a tool with some thump, his lack of power makes him a risky bet in fantasy leagues. Consider him a fantasy utility infielder or a late-round deep-league second baseman at best.
As an equation, production can be represented as talent plus opportunity. Murphy is a slightly above average major league hitter who saw several factors combine to maximize his talent, from a production and fantasy value point of view, in 2013. He plays everyday, is a contact-based free swinger, was thrust into the middle of a batting order, and earns position value as second baseman, despite not being a particularly good one. The real surprise last year was Murphy more than doubling his career high steal total, by swiping 23 at a stellar rate of success. The Mets were shopping Murphy this offseason, but it’s beginning to look more likely that he stays put, which could actually be good for him as a number of those circumstantial advantages should remain in 2014. Murphy is a borderline top-10 fantasy second baseman and a luxury as a middle infielder, despite being not nearly that good in real life. (Derek Ambrosino)
The Quick Opinion:
The stars aligned for Daniel Murphy last year as health, tons of at bats, and other injuries thrust him into a starring role in the Mets order and enabled him to barely miss a game. Murphy’s owners were also treated to a burst of speed beyond their expectations. His makeup as a player leads him to be a better fantasy asset than real player; he’s a borderline top-10 second baseman for 2014.
Daniel Murphy wound up as the
eighth most valuable second baseman
in 2014 for 5x5 fantasy formats. Based on Steamer’s 2015 projections, Daniel Murphy
as the number nine overall second baseman with another very balanced 5x5 line. If we use 250 plate appearances as the qualifier, Murphy continues to have a top 50 swinging-strike rate (5.7%) – just ahead of Wilmer Flores, believe it or not. In fact, Steamer actually projects Flores to be worth .4 wins more than Murphy. According to some, Daniel Murphy has too much perceived value from the Mets -- whether that pertains to Sandy Alderson, the Mets, or their fanbase, we don't always know. Murphy could actually have the most value to the Mets in a trade to acquire an impact prospect. That would allow the Mets to move Flores into a competition with Dilson Herrera at second base. This will only happen if the Mets find an upgrade at shortstop. What that trade would mean for Murphy's long-term fantasy value is up in the air -- it's possible he could be traded to a team with a need at third base, which would be a shame for his fantasy owners. (
The Quick Opinion:
Daniel Murphy remains a consistent, balanced fantasy second baseman for the Mets. If he's traded, he may end up as a consistent, balanced fantasy third baseman -- and a little bit less valuable in that case.
Daniel Murphy has been nothing if not a model of consistency since he became a full-time player in 2009, but he took some subtle strides in 2015 that bode well for his fantasy value going forward. He posted a new career high in home runs with 14, perhaps the result of
he made with Mets hitting coach Kevin Long, and his 73 RBIs were fourth-best among qualified second basemen. He slashed .300/.337/.478 from April 26 to the end of the season. And he chopped down his strikeout rate to 7.1%, becoming the toughest man to fan in baseball. In October — right around the time Murphy was making national headlines with his ungodly postseason batting performance — our Tony Blengino
that Murphy’s evolving profile as a hitter would smooth his aging curve as he entered his early 30s, suggesting Bill Mueller as a comparison. Murphy, who will be 31 on opening day, will gain a new home address this year, but while that comes at the expense of now having to face the Mets’ superb starting pitching, it also allows him to play at Nationals Park full-time, where he owns a .294 career average. Add in position eligibility at second base, third base and even first base in some formats, and you have a player whose upside is that of a 15-homer, .300 hitter who can plug multiple holes in a fantasy roster. (
Karl de Vries
The Quick Opinion:
Daniel Murphy’s well-established baseline — a .280 average and double digits in home runs — already made him a top 12 second baseman, though some significant improvements he made in 2015, along with a new team, make him an intriguing upside play, even as he enters his age-31 season.
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Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 3:34 AM ET
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