David Murphy, the Indians’ regular right fielder this past season, was relegated to a bench role following the team’s acquisition of Brandon Moss in a trade with the Athletics last week. As a result, Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer expects the Indians to “work hard” to move Murphy.
Murphy, 33, will earn $6 million in 2015 and will become eligible for free agency after the season. Moss, on the other hand, is entering his third year of arbitration and won’t become a free agent until after the 2016 season.
Murphy had a solid season for the Indians, batting .262/.319/.385 with eight home runs and 58 RBI, but there’s no question about who provides more upside offensively. Despite a labrum injury which limited his second-half production, Moss was still able to belt 25 home runs.
The Boston Red Sox just released their World Series roster and it contains one notable change: pitcher Drew Pomeranz has made it, pitcher Brandon Workman is off.
Pomeranz did not pitch in either the ALDS or ALCS following a season in which he went 2-6 in 26 games, 11 of which were starts, with a 6.08 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 66/44 in 74 innings. That was pretty horrendous but . . . I guess he’s fresh?
Workman, meanwhile, pitched in two ALDS games and one ALCS games, going only a third of an inning each outing. He was shelled in Game 1 of the ALCS, the Sox’ only loss, allowing four runs on three hits and walking two batters. Given that outing and his lack of use in Games 2-5, it’s pretty clear that he’s lost Cora’s confidence.
Also off the World Series roster: knuckleballer Steven Wright, who has been suffering from achey knees. As was the case in the ALCS, Heath Hembree will get the call over him.
Here’s the entire roster, as just released by the Red Sox: