Murphy announced his retirement from baseball Friday, Andy Martino of SNY.tv reports.
Murphy closed the books on a 12-year major-league career spent with the Mets, Nationals, Cubs and Rockies. His lasting legacy may be his role at the forefront of the flyball revolution that changed hitters' approaches around the league, transforming him from a low-power contact hitter into someone who hit .347/.390/.595 with 25 homers at his peak in 2016. He'll retire with 138 homers, 1,572 hits and a .296 average. While he never managed to win a World Series, he did earn gold with Team USA at the 2017 World Baseball Classic and earned an NLCS MVP with the pennant-winning Mets in 2015.
Murphy became a free agent Wednesday after the Rockies declined his $12 million team option for 2020.
Murphy will receive a $6 million buyout, meaning the contract he signed with Colorado after the 2018 season was effectively a two-year, $30 million deal. As the Rockies' decision to decline the 2021 option suggests, Murphy failed to meet expectations during his time in Colorado, providing a .269/.316/.426 slash line (77 wRC+) over 610 plate appearances. Since he's viewed primarily as a first baseman at this stage in his career and is set to turn 36 years old in April, Murphy might have to settle for a minor-league deal this winter if he wants to continue playing.
Murphy remains out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Athletics, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
Out of the lineup versus a right-handed pitcher (Mike Fiers) for the fourth time in five games, Murphy appears to have moved into a full-time reserve role for the Rockies. The 35-year-old is slashing a lowly .239/.280/.342 on the season, a batting line rendered even more disappointing given the fact that he's had the benefit of playing at Coors Field. Josh Fuentes is now the Rockies' top option at first base.
Murphy is not starting Tuesday against the Athletics, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
Murphy has now sat for five of the last six games, including three times against righties and twice against lefties like Tuesday's starter Sean Manaea. Josh Fuentes remains the starter at first base.
Murphy is out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
Murphy started Saturday and went 0-for-5, and he now finds himself on the bench for the fourth time in the past five contests. Matt Kemp will bat fifth as the designated hitter Sunday.
Murphy remains on the bench for the third straight game Friday against the Angels.
Murphy appears to be losing playing time after hitting .250/.286/.357 through 34 games, numbers which would look quite poor even if he didn't get to play half his games in Coors Field. Josh Fuentes will be the first baseman in his absence.
Murphy isn't starting Wednesday against the Padres.
Murphy will take a seat for a second straight game, even with right-hander Zach Davies on the mound for San Diego. Matt Kemp will serve as the designated hitter once again.
Murphy isn't in Tuesday's lineup against the Padres.
Even with right-hander Mike Clevinger on the mound for the Padres, Murphy will take a seat after going 0-for-6 over his past two games. Matt Kemp will start as the designated hitter Tuesday.
Murphy isn't in the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers.
Murphy will take a seat with a left-hander (Julio Urias) on the mound for the Dodgers. Matt Kemp will serve as the designated hitter.
Murphy is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Giants, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
Murphy hits the bench even with a righty (Logan Webb) starting for the Giants. The veteran is hitting just .265/.303/.382 this season, so it's no surprise that the Rockies are turning to younger alternatives at first base. Josh Fuentes gets the nod Wednesday.
Murphy is not in the lineup Sunday against the Padres.
Murphy finds himself on the bench for the second straight contest with a right-hander (Chris Paddack) on the mound for San Diego. Trevor Story is serving as the designated hitter Sunday, while Garrett Hampson takes over at shortstop.
Murphy isn't in Saturday's lineup against the Padres.
Even with a right-hander (Michel Baez) on the mound for the Padres, Murphy will take a seat Saturday. Matt Kemp will serve as the designated hitter in his place.
Murphy is not starting Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
Murphy will stick on the bench for a second straight game as the Rockies face another left-hander in Robbie Ray. In his place, Josh Fuentes is starting at first base and hitting seventh.
Murphy is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.
He will now have sat against each of the last two left-handed starters the Rockies have faced -- the previous benching coming Aug. 19. The righty-hitting Josh Fuentes will start at first base and bat sixth.
Murphy is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Astros.
Murphy started the past five games but will head to the bench mired in a 1-for-18 slump. Ryan McMahon will shift to first base Wednesday, while Chris Owings starts at the keystone.
Murphy is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Murphy often sits against left-handed starting pitchers, but his absence from the lineup Wednesday can be explained by the Rockies and Diamondbacks wrapping up their series with a day game after a night game. Ryan McMahon will step in at first base for the 35-year-old veteran, who is batting .358 with three home runs and 13 RBI over 56 plate appearances on the season.
Murphy is not in the lineup Sunday against the Mariners.
Murphy started the first two games of the series against lefties and went 5-for-9 with a home run and five RBI, but he'll receive a breather in the series finale with lefty Justus Sheffield pitching for Seattle. Ryan McMahon will move to first base Sunday while Garrett Hampson starts at the keystone.
Murphy went 3-for-5 with an RBI in Saturday's win over the Mariners.
Murphy posted his fourth multi-hit performance of the campaign, and second in as many games. The slugging first baseman is seeing the ball well of late, hitting safely in seven of his last eight games and racking up three homers with 10 RBI in that stretch.
Murphy went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two more RBI during Friday's win against Seattle.
Murphy swatted at the first pitch he saw from Yohan Ramirez in the eighth inning and claimed his second long ball in as many games via a two-run shot. He also looped a two-run single in the sixth. The 35-year-old now has three homers on the season with 10 RBI and five runs scored.
Murphy went 1-for-1 with a two-run home run Thursday against the Giants.
Murphy entered the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning and took Rico Garcia yard. It was his second home run of the season. After starting the campaign by collecting just four hits in 18 at-bats, Murphy has gone 7-for-16 in his last five contests. For the season, he is hitting .324/.378/.559 across 38 plate appearances.
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