According to an interview Carrie Muskat conducted with Cubs President Theo Epstein, the option to keep Murphy around is still on the table, and his leadership is a big part of the reason why the team is considering offering him a new contract.
“I wouldn’t rule anything out,” he told Muskat. “Our guys loved talking hitting with him. It was a daily occurrence. We looked a lot better with him than without him.”
Murphy, who made $17.5 million last season in the final year of a three year contract he signed with the Washington Nationals in 2015, posted a .297 batting average and hit six home runs and drove in 13 RBI with the Cubs.