Murphy agreed to a two-year, $24 million contract with the Rockies on Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Murphy is expected to play both second and first base with Colorado, which could push Ian Desmond to the outfield and take away some at-bats from youngsters Garrett Hampson and Ryan McMahon. The veteran infielder was limited to just 91 games in 2018 due to injuries, though he still hit a solid .299 across 351 plate appearances. While Murphy did experience a downtick in power, heading to hitter-friendly Coors Field should help him recover in that department in 2019.
Murphy is starting at second base and hitting sixth in Tuesday's NL Wild Card Game against the Rockies. Murphy is hitting just .238 against left-handed pitchers this season -- compared to .319 against righties -- so it's no surprise to see him drop to sixth in the order for Tuesday's must-win game with southpaw Kyle Freeland starting for Colorado. Ben Zobrist, who hitting .333 against southpaws this season, will claim leadoff duties from Murphy in this one.
Murphy went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Friday's loss to the White Sox. Murphy led off the game with a home run, but the Cubs would lose 10-4 in the series opener. The 33-year-old second baseman is batting .293 with a .794 OPS along with 12 home runs and 39 RBI with nine games remaining in the regular season for Chicago.
Murphy went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, a walk, three runs scored and a strikeout in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks. Murphy reached base three times and came around to score all three times, including on his two-run homer in the second inning. The 33-year-old is hitting just .220 since the start of September, but he's slashing .288/.331/.448 on the year with 11 homers and 38 RBI.
Murphy is not in the lineup against the Reds on Saturday. Murphy will take a seat with southpaw Cody Reed on the mound for Cincinnati. Over his last eight games, Murphy is hitting just .107, and he could benefit from receiving a day off. In his place, Javier Baez will start at second base.