David Murphy, Rangers agree to 1-year deal

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David Murphy and the Texas Rangers split the difference, and agreed to a one-year, $5.775 million deal on Monday to avoid an arbitration hearing.

With that out of the way, both sides are expected to revisit again this spring to discuss a multi-year contract.

"That's exactly what we plan to do," assistant general manager Thad Levine said.

"With the deadline associated with arbitration, it's best to get the one-year deal done then look at a multi-year deal."

Murphy and the Rangers exchanged numbers Friday, and were $1.45 million apart, with Murphy asking for $6.5 million and the team offering $5.05 million.

But the sides reached an agreement within three days, and the Rangers avoided an arbitration hearing for another year as the last one came with Lee Stevens in 2000.

Matt Harrison and Neftali Feliz were the other two arbitration-eligible players this winter. Harrison signed a five-year extension last week, and Feliz agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal.

"Every time we enter arbitration, we try to amicably come to an agreement," Levine said.

"We realize at some point in our tenure we might end up in a hearing room, but we take every effort we can to work it out."

Murphy, 31, is coming off his best season with the Rangers. He played his way into an everyday role with the Rangers, batting .304 with 15 home runs and 61 RBIs in a career-high 147 games, including 125 starts.

As of now, Murphy is going into spring training as the Rangers' starting left fielder and could see his plate appearances increase even more from last season when he had a career-high 521.

The Rangers could add another outfielder who could affect that, though, as they have had trade discussions with the Arizona Diamondbacks regarding Justin Upton and have expressed interest in free agent Michael Bourn.

But Levine said the Rangers are pleased with their outfielders and are ready to take that group to spring training.

"We're very happy with the team we have currently constructed and expect to be very competitive," Levine said.

"The other reality of our job is to see what other opportunities are out there to enhance our team. If something comes to pass we feel is a value deal we can't pass up, we'll pursue it. But, as we sit here today, we're very content and excited about our team." Rangers add lefty

Nate Robertson hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2010, but will be competing for a spot in the Rangers' bullpen this spring.

General manager Jon Daniels confirmed a report that Robertson, a 35-year-old left-hander with nine years of big league experience, will sign a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp.

Robertson was a member of the Detroit Tigers rotation from 2004-09 before being demoted to a bullpen role. He spent 2010 with Miami and Philadelphia, but has not been back in the big leagues since then.

Last year, he pitched with the Cubs' and Blue Jays' Triple A affiliates.

For his career, Robertson has a 5.01 ERA in 223 games, including 187 starts.

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