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David Murphy, plausible LF option in 2014
Posted 15 March 2013 - 02:13 PM
Murphy has a career .348 OBP which is comparable to DeJesus' .355 career OBP, and surprisingly, he has 51 career SB (in 707 G) and DeJesus has 58 career SB (in 1155 G).
Murphy's career walk and k rates are similar to DeJesus' (8.9% BB and 16.1% SO).
Murphy's Fielding Runs Above Average was 11.0 last year (which is actually comparable to Soriano's career year in fielding last year), whereas DeJesus and Schierholtz were both in the negative.
I think Murphy in LF on a 3 or 4 year deal would fit the Cubs' needs for the immediate future (Almora should be ready to take an OF spot in '15 or '16). There's no doubt he'll be cheaper than what Jacoby Ellsbury will demand on the open market. If the FO agrees that we cannot get a fair return for Soriano, he may end up starting the season with us in 2014. This is perfect, because hopefully Jorge Soler will be ready to come up around the trade deadline of that year and Murphy will be able to shift back over to his natural LF (after a Soriano trade).
I still foresee a trade with Texas this year, possibly a 3 year deal, sending Darwin Barney to the third club, Matt Garza to Texas and Elvis Andrus (signing an extension) with some minor league pitching sent to the Cubs.
2014 post-trade deadline:
2B Elvis Andrus
LF David Murphy (L)
SS Starlin Castro
1B Anthony Rizzo (L)
RF Jorge Soler
CF Brett Jackson (L) / Dave Sappelt
3B Javier Baez
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (S) / Welington Castillo
IF Logan Watkins (L)
OF/DH Scott Hairston
Posted 15 March 2013 - 03:03 PM
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