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The Nationals have found their left-hitting second baseman, as 2015 NLCS MVP Daniel Murphy has agreed to terms on a three-year, $37.5 million deal pending a physical. The news was first reported by Jim Bowden of ESPN.
Murphy joins the Nationals after starring for the rival New York Mets in the playoffs. He is a veteran of seven MLB seasons, all with the Mets. Murphy made the All-Star team in 2014.
The Nationals will forfeit their first round draft pick (17th overall) because Murphy was extended a qualifying offer after the 2015 season. Murphy rejected the one-year, $15.8 million deal to test free agency. The Nats will receive a compensatory pick (29th overall) themselves for extending a QO to Jordan Zimmermann, who signed with the Tigers earlier this offseason.
Murphy joins Washington after hitting .281 with 14 home runs, 73 RBI and a .770 OPS in 130 games in 2015. He is a career .288 hitter in 903 total games since making his debut in 2008.
Murphy exploded in the 2015 playoffs to club seven homers and drive in 11 runs in 14 games. He was a force in the Mets lineup, as they made it all the way to the World Series before falling to the Kansas City Royals.
The Nats had been seeking infield help for much of the offseason. They chased Ben Zobrist in free agency and nearly traded for Brandon Phillips. Murphy now replaces Yunel Escobar - who was traded to the Angels - in the Nationals' infield.
Murphy projects as the Nats' starting second baseman with Anthony Rendon at third and Ryan Zimmerman at first. Shortstop will be filled by either Danny Espinosa or Trea Turner.
Murphy, 30, does bring some defensive versatility despite having limited range. He has played the majority of his career at second, but does boast 190 games at first base and 86 at third. He played 17 games at first base in 2015, which could come in handy given Zimmerman's trouble staying healthy.
The fact Murphy bats left is a big asset for the Nationals who were seeking balance for their lineup. The departure of Adam LaRoche after the 2014 season, and with Denard Span expected to leave in free agency this winter, the Nats were left with a very righty-heavy batting order. Murphy now joins Bryce Harper to make it at least two lefties in their lineup. Espinosa also bats switch and could earn the starting shortstop role in spring training.