David Murphy opts out of contract with Red Sox

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Red Sox outfielder David Murphy has opted out of his contract, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. Murphy had a clause in his contract which allowed him to opt out on March 27 if he had not been added to the club’s major league roster. The Red Sox now have 48 hours to add him to the roster or release him.

Murphy recently said “retirement is a possibility” if he didn’t make the big league roster. “I don’t think I’m interested in playing in the minor leagues,” he said.

The 34-year-old has been limited to mostly right-handed pitching in recent years, which included last season with the Indians and Angels. 365 of his 391 total plate appearances came against opposite-handed pitching. He hit .283/.318/.421 overall with 10 home runs and 50 RBI.

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