What a career, from being around a little above league average player for the first seven years of his career, Murphy entered the conversation for one of the best 25 players in the game for two year span from 2016-2017. During that time period, Murphy’s line was: .335/.387/.569, good for a .956 OPS, to put that in perspective, if Murphy retained that level of production for his entire career, he would have the same career OPS as Jim Thome, and better OPS numbers than Albert Pujols, Ken Griffey Jr, and Mike Schmidt to name a few. This speaks volumes to how damn good he was during this span. Looking to the player he is now, and he enjoyed a average 2019, that saw him finish with a .780 OPS and 88 OPS+ and saw his power numbers drop once again. 2020 was no different and saw even more of a decline in his age 35 season, as he finished with a .608 OPS and finished in the bottom 5th percentile in Exit Velocity, averaging just 85.1 MPH on his batted balls.
Finally, teams have begun to use Murphy full time at first base, after being a horrendous fielder at second. Throughout his career at second base, Murphy has totaled -73 DRS with a god awful -29.2 UZR. Compare those numbers to his numbers at first, and its night and day, as he has 21 DRS and 5.4 UZR for his career wearing the lobster claw.
Murphy is entering the twilight of his career, but with his seemingly out of nowhere production, you really cant rule out a bounce back season for Murphy, the hardest thing for him will be finding a place where he can get regular at bats, coming off of a subpar 2020, and entering the other side of 30.
These teams I believe are in contention to sign Murphy: Milwaukee Brewers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals, Miami Marlins, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners
Final Landing Spot Prediction: Daniel Murphy signs a 1 yr/2 million dollar deal with the Houston Astros
2021 Stat Line Prediction: .282/.339/.466 .805 OPS 14 HR 72 RBI