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Soon-to-be free agent Daniel Murphy should have a line of suitors around the block for his services when he hits free agency. Any team would be lucky to have him and the elite hitting that he brings to the table. While things didn't work out in Washington, D.C. this season, Murphy showed signs of his old self when he arrived at Wrigley Field.
Let's take a look at Murphy's Top-5 potential free-agent destinations after this October.
5. New York Mets
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Meet the Mets... again. Murphy's departure from Queens didn't end well, but he's always been a fan-favorite in Queens, and they'd love to have him back. Given how they finished 2018, the Mets could be aggressive this offseason in hopes of turning themselves into contenders once again.
4. Tampa Bay Rays
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What's the best fit for an aging player? The designated hitter spot. Look, I have no idea if Tampa would go after Murphy, but it's certainly a next-level move that would pair well with the acquisition of Tommy Pham at last season's trade deadline. The Rays surprised a lot of people by winning 90 games in 2018, so Murphy could be intrigued by that. In fact, Murphy went to high school and college in Jacksonville, which is about a three-hour drive from Tampa, so it could also be a homecoming.
3. New York Yankees
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If Murphy signs with the Yanks, it'd be a sign that he thinks his career is coming down to the final stages. And there's nothing wrong with that, especially for a 33-year old. The Yanks could offer him a much more glorified Neil Walker-type of role and, of course, a shot at a World Series title before he retires. In all honesty, since Murphy has had injury issues pop up recently, this could be the most sensible move for his career.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
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The Dodgers may have a new-look team in 2019, but they'll still have a ton of money to spend. Murphy is the type of guy you can see fitting in with L.A, meaning he would be part of a solid roster up-and-down, while not being expected to play 162 games. The Dodgers have made it work for a while now without paying the absolute top price for free agents.
1. Chicago Cubs
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Murphy has always done well at Wrigley Field, hitting .360 there over the course of his career. That alone is a good enough reason to stay put. Not only does he have success hitting into the ivy, but this Cubs team is loaded with talent, which takes the pressure off him. Cubs President Theo Epstein said the day after being eliminated that they would be aggressive in acquiring even more help this offseason. It's hard to not want to be a part of that.
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