Outfielder David Murphy, one of the players acquired during the Texas Rangers’ summer of swapping in 2007, is finalizing a two-year deal with the Cleveland Indians, according to a source. The deal is expected to be worth in excess of $10 million in total value. Murphy, 32, had his worst season in the majors with the Rangers in 2013 as he tried to increase his impending free agency value. He was the starting left fielder at the beginning of the season, but never emerged from a deep slump and eventually lost considerable playing time. Murphy hit .220 with a .656 OPS in 436 at-bats in 2013, a year after finishing in the top 10 in the AL in hitting at .304 and posting a .380 on-base percentage. It was unlikely the Rangers would have brought Murphy back after last season. The team needs more power from the corner outfield spot and, as we confirmed earlier Tuesday, the Rangers have been speaking with both Shin-Soo Choo and Jacoby Ellsbury, the top two outfield free agents on the market. The Rangers have also been keeping in contact with Nelson Cruz, who became a free agent.
Source: David Murphy leaves Texas Rangers for Indians
Dallas Morning News | Nov 20