News of the Washington Nationals' 3-year/$37.5M deal with veteran infielder Daniel Murphy broke on Christmas Eve, but the Nats made it official this afternoon, announcing the addition of the 30-year-old, seven-year veteran who hit 38 doubles and 14 home runs in 130 games and 538 plate appearances while posting a .281/.322/.449 line in a 2.5 fWAR campaign with the New York Mets in 2015.
Murphy hit free agency coming off an impressive, high-profile postseason run as well, which saw the Mets' second baseman put up a .328/.391/.724 line with two doubles and seven home runs in 14 games and 64 PAs.
Daniel murphy: 8M '16, 12M '17, 17.5M '18. 3M deferred from '18 #nats $37.5M total— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 6, 2016
"Murphy is a career .288 hitter who has posted a .331 on-base percentage and a .424 slugging percentage over 903MLB games," the Nationals' press release on the signing notes.
It also mentions the fact that Murphy is "a strong contact hitter" who, "posted the lowest percentage of swinging strikes (6.9) in the National League in 2015, along with the highest contact percentage among all NL hitters (91.0)."
Murphy struck out just 38 times total in 2015, or once in every 14.2 plate appearances, with 538 PAs total (7%) which was the lowest K% in the majors amongst qualified hitters.
He finished tied for fifth in doubles in the NL, and, as ESPN.com's Stats & Info folks mentioned last month, Murphy is the only player in the majors with 37 doubles or more in each of the last four seasons.
In order to make room on the 40-Man roster, the Nationals designated reliever Erik Davis for assignment. Davis, 29, missed the 2014 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery after making his major league debut in 2013.
Check out the Nationals' full press release on the deal through the link below. The Nationals will introduce Murphy in a press conference at 12:15 PM tomorrow afternoon. The press conference will be broadcast live on MASN and will be available on MASNSports.com.