MLB rumors: Giants' NL West rival Rockies, Daniel Murphy close to deal

Jessica Kleinschmidt
NBC Sports BayArea

MLB rumors: Giants' NL West rival Rockies, Daniel Murphy close to deal originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com

The Rockies finished second in the NL West last season with a 91-72 record.

The Giants, well ... a 73-89 record were not the right numbers to characterize what they're capable of, but the person reading this knows that.

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Unfortunately, it appears the Rockies are about to receive extra lineup help -- the team is close to a deal with infielder Daniel Murphy.

The two-year deal, reported by Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan, is worth $24 million:

Last season, with the Nationals and the Cubs, Murphy finished his 2018 campaign slashing a .299/.336/.454 line with 12 long balls and 42 RBI.  So, if you're a person who swears by the Coors Field boost, use your imagination to see how those numbers could improve.

Currently, the Rockies depth chart shows 24-year-old Ryan McMahon as the starter at second base, but Murphy could be playing a lot of first base as well, per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

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As far as how he fairs against the Giants goes ...

He's has faced the Giants before -- quite a bit actually, but this transaction means there will be more exposure to the three-time All-Star. 

Against San Francisco, Murphy is slashing a .280/.330/.411 line with 23 RBI.

At AT&T Park alone, he boasts that .289 average which is impressive considering the park favors pitchers. That is, if they can take advantage of it.

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Murphy will probably be a thorn in the side of Giants pitchers this season. 

Be prepared for that.

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