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.