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Rangers ink Murphy to one-year deal, avoid arbitration

Jan 6, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

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From MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan comes word that the Rangers have agreed to a one-year, $2.4 million contract with outfielder David Murphy.

It’s a nice chunk of change for the first-year arbitration-eligible outfielder, who made just $420,670 last season while posting an impressive .291/.358/.449 batting line, 12 home runs and 65 RBI across 419 at-bats.

Murphy is expected to serve as a highly active fourth outfielder for the reigning American League champions this year, spelling Josh Hamilton, Julio Borbon and Nelson Cruz on day that those starters need rest.

The 29-year-old Murphy went 5-for-27 with a home run and three RBI during the Rangers’ run to the World Series.  As far as backup outfielders go, he’s about as competent as it gets.

  1. Detroit Michael - Jan 7, 2011 at 8:32 AM

    Getting a raise from $420,670 to $2.4M is due to his becoming eligible for arbitration for the first time. Due to the seniority system that is collectively bargained, Murphy is underpaid less this year (compared to what his value would be in an open market) than he was last year.

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