Back to where he started: David Murphy signs with Red Sox


Free agent outfielder David Murphy, who began his MLB career with Boston is 2006, is now back with the Red Sox on what Jerry Crasnick of reports is a minor-league contract.

Murphy is coming off a solid year with the Indians and Angels in which he hit .283 with 10 homers and a .739 OPS in 132 games. While stretched as an everyday corner outfielder, Murphy has generally been very useful when spotted against right-handed pitching. He has a lifetime .278 batting average and .795 OPS versus righties, compared to hitting .258 with a .655 OPS off lefties.

Murphy was Boston’s first-round draft pick in 2003 and played 23 games for the Red Sox before being traded to the Rangers in July of 2007 as part of the Eric Gagne deal. If he makes the Opening Day roster Murphy’s deal will pay $2 million.