Cleveland, OH - According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Cleveland Indians and David Murphy are finalizing a two-year contract that will be worth in excess of $10 million. He is coming off of a very disappointing season with the Texas Rangers, but is a very talented player. The Indians will use him along with either Drew Stubbs or Ryan Raburn in the lineup.
He hit for just a .220 average last season to go along with 13 homers and 45 RBI’s. Those numbers are not all that good, but he is a career .280/.347/.469 hitter. Murphy will be entering his 10th season, his first with the Cleveland Indians. Maybe a change of scenery will be enough to get him out of his offensive slump, but either way this is a quality depth signing at the very least.
The Texas Rangers decided early on this offseason that they were not going to try to bring Murphy back. They will be looking for more power in their outfield with the possibility of Nelson Cruz leaving in free agency.
Cleveland made a very good run this past season, but were unable to make a postseason run. Terry Francona is one of the best managers in the MLB, and if anyone can help Murphy break out of a slump, it would be him. It will be interesting to see what this signing does for the Indians, but there is no doubt that he’s going to be a great guy to have in the clubhouse.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.