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Nationals sign Daniel Murphy to 3-year, $37.5 million deal

The Nationals have found their solution for second base.

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The Nationals have signed infielder Daniel Murphy to a 3-year, $37.5 million contract, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

"Daniel Murphy, the National League Championship Series MVP, has agreed to terms with the Nationals on a 3-year deal...Muprhy rejected a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Mets."

This news comes less than 24 hours after MLB.com's Bill Ladson reported that Washington had reached out to Murphy, as well as Howie Kendrick after the team's trade talks for Brandon Phillips fell through.

While Murphy has never been a household name, he's been remarkably consistent over the last four seasons, and should fit well as the Nationals' new second baseman. Since 2012, he's posted a slash line of .287/.326/.416 with a wOBA of .321, and a wRC+ of 108.

Thanks to Dan Szymborski, we also have the ZiPS projections for his next three years with Washington.

AB HR AVG OBP SLG
2016 565 12 .285 .325 .423
2017 524 11 .281 .321 .418
2018 500 10 .280 .320 .412

While Murphy will likely be an offensive upgrade for the Nationals going forward, signing him means that they'll forfeit their first round pick, which will go to the Mets during the compensation round (between the 1st and 2nd round) for the 2016 amateur draft.