Chicago Cubs: Murphy’s impact on current roster
Murphy has experience playing all over the field in his MLB career, including second base, first base, third base and left field. He has only played second and first base in 2018; he has not played third base since 2016 and left field since 2011.
Essentially, the Cubs’ position player group added another versatile player as well as an elite bat in Murphy. One has to wonder how he will affect that group down the stretch and potentially in October, however.
In the short term, the Cubs must make a move to clear room for Murphy on the 25-man roster. As tough as it may be to do, the simplest option would be to send David Bote to Triple-A Iowa.
Bote has performed admirably for the Cubs in 2018. His walk-off grand slam against the Nationals on Aug. 12 is arguably the best highlight of the Cubs’ season to date.