Turns out the mystery team that claimed Daniel Murphy this morning was the Chicago Cubs. And just like that, the Nationals second basemen and slugger is on his way out of Washington.
The idea of Murphy joining a Cubs team to bat alongside hitters like Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber is an exciting one...until you think about where he'll have to try and fit in the field.
And how that may affect his fantasy value.
With Javier Baez firmly at second base, there's going to have to be some shuffling for him to get regular ABs. Perhaps Baez moves to third, where young fan favorite David Bote is currently playing, opening second for Murphy. Murphy has also played at third and first base, but there's no way Bryant or Rizzo are moving, so the only option is seemingly second.
Joe Maddon loves to shake up his lineup and move guys around, so Murphy will get plenty of opportunities to solidify a spot in the top of the rotation. But right now, we don't know where he's playing or how much.
Gotta say, I'm shocked Daniel Murphy made it all the way through waivers to the Cubs the way he's been hitting. Every NL team passed on a guy hitting .340/.370/.534 since the break. I get most have 2B, but Murphy can play 1B, and for a little over $4M, seems totally reasonable.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 21, 2018
Fantasy-wise, it's possible the Cubs squeeze Murphy into the field for some real playing time until they have to cross that bridge when Bryant returns. But this could be a big blow to those who were relying on him for everyday at bats.
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