Rangers ink Murphy to one-year deal, avoid arbitration

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From MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan comes word that the Rangers have agreed to a one-year, $2.4 million contract with outfielder David Murphy.

It’s a nice chunk of change for the first-year arbitration-eligible outfielder, who made just $420,670 last season while posting an impressive .291/.358/.449 batting line, 12 home runs and 65 RBI across 419 at-bats.

Murphy is expected to serve as a highly active fourth outfielder for the reigning American League champions this year, spelling Josh Hamilton, Julio Borbon and Nelson Cruz on day that those starters need rest.

The 29-year-old Murphy went 5-for-27 with a home run and three RBI during the Rangers’ run to the World Series.  As far as backup outfielders go, he’s about as competent as it gets.

Video: Corey Dickerson breaks scoreless tie with walk-off home run

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Neither the Pirates nor the Tigers could manage any offense during Thursday afternoon’s game at PNC Park. That is, until outfielder Corey Dickerson launched a walk-off solo home run off of Alex Wilson with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Dickerson, 28, has been solid for the Pirates for the first month of the season. He’s batting .314/.348/.500 with a pair of home runs, 13 RBI, and 13 runs scored in 92 plate appearances. The Pirates acquired him from the Rays in late February in exchange for journeyman pitcher Daniel Hudson and Single-A infielder Tristan Gray.