Daniel Murphy signs minor league deal with Angels
Daniel Murphy is back with an MLB team for the first time since 2020, as he has signed with the Los Angeles Angels, according to Long Island Ducks general manager Michael Pfaff. The 12-year-pro will report to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Transaction: The @Angels have purchased the contract of infielder Daniel Murphy. Taking his spot on @LIDucks roster will be infielder Ruben Tejada, who will he activated prior to tomorrow’s (Tues., 6/13) game vs @dirtybirdscwv – congrats Murph and welcome aboard Ruben!— Michael Pfaff (@LIDucksGM) June 12, 2023
Murphy had a long MLB career that began in 2008 and ended in 2021. After a few seasons away from the game, Murphy has made a huge step in his journey back to the big league level. He played this season with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League, where he posted an .861 OPS in 37 games.
Murphy spent the first seven years of his career with the New York Mets, primarily playing second base. In 2015, Murphy was a key member of the Mets’ team that reached the World Series. MLB fans remember his torrid 2015 Postseason run, where the second baseman homered seven times to help the Mets raise a pennant.
Murphy set two major league postseason records in 2015: He became the first player to hit a home run in six consecutive games, breaking a record that had stood for 15 years. He also became the second player, after Lou Gehrig, to have a hit, a run, and an RBI in seven consecutive Postseason games.
After 2015, Murphy signed a three-year, $37.5 million contract with the Washington Nationals. In typical Mets fashion, he had his best career season in 2016, hitting .347 with 25 home runs and 104 RBIs. He led the NL in doubles with 47 doubles, a slugging percentage of .595 and an OPS of .985. Murphy was named an All-Star and won the Silver Slugger Award.
Daniel Murphy quietly began to fade away, playing with the Cubs and Rockies to finish out his career — 5,427 days after he made his debut with the Mets, it has to feel really good for Murphy to be back in a big league organization.
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