Originally written on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 11/15/14
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This was supposed to be the year of David Murphy. After several seasons as serving as the Texas Rangers fourth outfielder, last season was finally Murphy’s first shot at a regular starting role. Many hoped that a second season as a starter coupled with 2013 being the final year of his contract, that Murphy would exceed last year’s success. If the thirty one year old could piece together another successful season, he may end up with a nice long term deal in the off-season, either with the Rangers or another suitor. How has he responded? Not well. Heading into Tuesday’s game, Murphy is sitting just above the “Mendoza Line” with a measly .205 AVG with a .256 OBP and an OPS of .632 through 117 at bats. Last season Murphy benefited from extended playing time as he set career highs in just about every offensive category. Murphy’s numbers last year were as follows: .304 AVG /.380 OBP /.859 OPS which ranked second, first, and third in each category respectively.  Although the Rangers have s...
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