Texas Rangers outfielder David Murphy told reporters –
including Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest – that he expects to play
through the remainder of the season and test the free agent market, as there
have been no serious contract extension talks between his camp and the team.
Murphy is currently in the final year of team control, as he’s
earning $5.775 million in his third and final season of arbitration eligibility.
If an extension with the Rangers isn’t reached, Murphy would reach free agency
following the season.
It will be interesting to see how the Rangers handle
negotiations with Murphy, as he’s not the only pending free agent in the team’s
outfield. Nelson Cruz is also in the final year of his current contract. Texas
lost outfielder Josh Hamilton to free agency over the offseason, and they didn’t
add a player – such as Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn or Cody Ross – from the
Over eight seasons in the majors, Murphy – who turned 31 in
October – owns a career batting line of .284/.347/.451. He hit .304/.380/.479
with 29 doubles and 15 home runs last season for the Rangers.
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