Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:03:10 -0800
The Chicago Cubs are expecting to get plenty of production from SP Jake Arrieta and 3B Mike Olt after trading for them last year. Manager Rick Renteria said the initial plan at third base is to have 3Bs Luis Valbuena and Donnie Murphy compete for playing time, but the Cubs are hoping to see Olt bounce back from a rough year with the Texas Rangers in 2013. Arrieta said he benefitted from working with pitching coach Chris Bosio for the final seven weeks of the season. The team didn't notice any vision problems from Olt when he was hitting off a tee during the team's developmental program last week.
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 07:17:58 -0800
The Chicago Cubs re-signed INF Donnie Murphy and C George Kottaras to one-year deals. They also tendered contracts to 2B Darwin Barney, SP Jeff Samardzija, SP Travis Wood, RP Pedro Strop, RP James Russell, INF Luis Valbuena and OF Nate Schierholtz.
Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:12:56 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Donnie Murphy (wrist) is being listed as day-to-day with a sore left wrist.
Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:23:16 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Luis Valbuena (oblique) was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in his first rehab game with the rookie level AZL Cubs. OF Ryan Sweeney (rib) went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI in his third rehab game with the affiliate.
Fantasy Tip: Valbuena may have to cede ABs to Donnie Murphy when he returns, but he's on the good side of a platoon and figures to stay that way once Murphy cools off, as expected. Sweeney may not have any place to play unless the Cubbies deal Nate Schierholtz via waivers.
Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:19:26 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez and OF Albert Almora are unlikely to come up when rosters expand in September. Manager Dale Sveum doesn't see anyone being called up that isn't already on the 40-man roster. "The (Brian) Bogusevics and Sweeneys, and obviously (Donnie Murphy's) doing a heck of a job," Sveum said of the outlook for current roster players. "And yesterday's topic was getting (Anthony) Rizzo and (Starlin) Castro to where they go into the winter feeling a heck of a lot better than they did two days ago." OF Jorge Soler and 3B Mike Olt are both on the 40-man roster.
Fantasy Tip: Soler and Olt are your best options if you're speculating in NL-only leagues for the final month. They could contribute in deep mixed leagues, too, if they're given everyday playing time in the final month, but that's unlikely.
Sat, 03 Aug 2013 12:16:18 -0700
The Chicago Cubs have selected the contract of INF Donnie Murphy from Triple-A Iowa. In a corresponding move, OF Julio Borbon was designated for assignment.
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 12:45:32 -0700
The Chicago Cubs signed free-agent 3B Donnie Murphy (Brewers) to a minor league deal Wednesday, April 3.
Wed, 27 Mar 2013 09:34:38 -0700
The Milwaukee Brewers released INF Donnie Murphy.
Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:45:25 -0700
Milwaukee Brewers SS Yuniesky Betancourt signed a one-year major league deal that will be worth up to $1.4 million, including incentives, Tuesday, March 26. 3B Donnie Murphy has been told that he won't make the roster as a result. "We signed a veteran guy (in Betancourt) who we have a lot of familiarity with," general manager Doug Melvin said. "Since we're going to have Alex (Gonzalez) play a lot of first base early in the season, Yuni gives us a guy who can play multiple infield positions. He did a really good job last year with Kansas City in that role." Betancourt could also chip in in the outfield to start the year.
Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:35:28 -0800
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he has talked with SS Jeff Bianchi and 3B Donnie Murphy about the possibility of playing in the outfield during spring training to see if they can play those positions. Roenicke said the team will not use 3B Taylor Green in the outfield because they see him as an infielder because of his lack of speed. All three players are competing for a spot on the opening day roster.