5. Daniel Murphy
Daniel Murphy‘s fit with the Chicago White Sox is somewhat questionable on the surface given the fact he barely played second base last season with Colorado Rockies.
That being said, the Chicago White Sox could look to acquire Murphy if Nick Madrigal struggles at the major league level or doesn’t earn a callup and/or Leury Garcia and Danny Mendick can’t hold down the fort at the keystone.
Murphy, 34, might make sense to bring to the Chicago in that scenario, even when considering the brutal -73 DRS he’s compiled over parts of nine seasons at second base.
His left-handed bat could be very useful to the lineup for a similar reason that Pederson’s would be. However, Murphy’s low strikeout rate is also very appealing, having only struck out no higher than 20% of the time at any point in his career.
Now, if he hits as he did in 2019, Murphy would not make sense to acquire as his 86 wRC+ wouldn’t even come close to making up for his struggles in the field.
But, if he can return to even his 2018 form (110 wRC+), he could be a worthwhile addition if their second base situation hasn’t been resolved.
His 2016 (154 wRC+) or 2017 (135 wRC+) form would certainly be the dream scenario if he joined the team, though.
Murphy would bring postseason experience to an inexperienced group of players that could be valuable both this season and over the long haul for the players.
In 2015, Murphy famously broke the record for the most home runs in a postseason with six for the New York Mets.
Murphy has experience playing in Chicago as well, having played for the Cubs in 2018
His ability to perform in the playoffs and his potentially useful bat could make him a smart addition for the Chicago White Sox this year if their second base situation doesn’t improve as quickly as they hope it does.