Outfielder Murphy nears 2-year deal to play with Indians

Posted Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

David Murphy is close to signing a two-year deal with the Cleveland Indians, a source confirmed.

Murphy spent the past seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, but is coming off his worst season in the big leagues. Murphy began the season as the everyday left fielder, but ended it in a platoon role by splitting time with Craig Gentry.

Murphy got off to a slow start, which has been typical in his career, but it continued without a second-half surge. He finished the year batting .220 with a .282 on-base percentage.

Murphy had a career year in 2012, though, batting .304 with 15 home runs and 61 RBIs.

The Rangers expressed interest in signing Murphy to a multiyear deal before the season, but that never came to fruition. And, as Murphy struggled throughout the season, a deal became less and less likely.

Murphy, 32, will head to Cleveland for a fresh start after what’s been a successful stint with the Rangers. Texas acquired Murphy, along with outfielder Engel Beltre and pitcher Kason Gabbard, in a 2007 trade from the Red Sox in exchange for reliever Eric Gagne and cash.

Now the Rangers will continue to explore options to improve their corner outfield spots.

The Rangers could look at bringing back Nelson Cruz, who turned down the team’s one-year, $14 million qualifying offer this month to become a free agent. There are other options on the market, as well, including Shin-Soo Choo and Jacoby Ellsbury.

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @drewdavison

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?

Friday, November 28Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Friday, November 28Full Scoreboard
Chicago «109Final | Box
Golden State «106Final | Box
New Orleans91Final | Box
Atlanta «100
Milwaukee «104Final | Box
Dallas «106Final | Box
LA Clippers «102Final | Box
Orlando83Final | Box
Indiana «98
New York78Final | Box
Oklahoma City «105
Sacramento104Final | Box
San Antonio «112
Phoenix97Final | Box
Denver «122
Memphis «112Final | Box
Minnesota «120Final | Box
LA Lakers119
Full Scoreboard
Week 13Full Scoreboard
Chicago17Final | Box
Detroit «34Gridiron Replay
Philadelphia «33Final | Box
Dallas10Gridiron Replay
Seattle «19Final | Box
San Francisco3Gridiron Replay
San Diego 1:00 PM ET
Baltimore TV: CBS
Cleveland 1:00 PM ET
Buffalo TV: CBS
Tennessee 1:00 PM ET
Houston TV: CBS
Washington 1:00 PM ET
Indianapolis TV: FOX
NY Giants 1:00 PM ET
Jacksonville TV: FOX
Carolina 1:00 PM ET
Minnesota TV: FOX
New Orleans 1:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: FOX
Oakland 1:00 PM ET
St. Louis TV: CBS
Cincinnati 1:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay TV: CBS
Arizona 4:05 PM ET
Atlanta TV: FOX
New England 4:25 PM ET
Green Bay TV: CBS
Denver 8:30 PM ET
Kansas City TV: NBC
Miami 8:30 PM ET
Full Scoreboard
Friday, November 28Full Scoreboard
NY Rangers «3Final | Box
Chicago «4Final | Box
NY Islanders2Final | Box
Washington «5
Winnipeg1Final(OT) | Box
Boston «2
Montreal1Final | Box
Buffalo «2
Detroit «5Final(SO) | Box
New Jersey4
Carolina «4Final | Box
Vancouver «5Final | Box
Ottawa2Final | Box
Florida «3
Edmonton3Final(OT) | Box
St. Louis «4
Minnesota «5Final(OT) | Box
Full Scoreboard