Murphy intends to retire from baseball, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Murphy technically became a free agent Monday after exercising the out in his contract with the Twins. He might have been an option for the big-league squad as soon as this week, but Murphy decided he'd rather spend more time with his family, suggesting that retirement is on the horizon. He probably won't file the actual papers, as he's only 34 years old and could conceivably still help a major league team in a platoon or pinch-hitting role.
Murphy exercised the out in his contract and is now a free agent, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. Murphy was obviously not satisfied playing at the minor league level for the Twins and is now eligible to sign with another major league team. Murphy has a solid MLB track record (career .274 BA and .333 OBP) and at only 34 years old, one has to think he still has a couple good seasons left in the tank. It likely won't be long before the outfielder signs with another MLB team and finds his way into their lineup.
Murphy signed a minor league deal with the Twins on Thursday, the Star Tribune's LaVelle Neal reports. Murphy reportedly isn't expected to spend much time with Triple-A Rochester, so one of the Twins' outfielders is on the hot seat. That said, Murphy was unsigned for a reason, as he offers a veteran presence and a solid bat against lefties, and not much else. He will report to Rochester on Friday.
Murphy has no plans to retire at this time and hopes to join a major league team in the near future, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports. Murphy is coming off a decent spring with the Red Sox, slashing .273/.286/.364 with three RBI but he ultimately did not make the Opening Day roster. He opted out of his deal and now the 34-year-old outfielder is seeking out a roster spot on another team. Murphy could be a solid fit for teams looking for outfield depth or an extra left-handed bat.
Murphy was granted his release by the Red Sox on Monday, Rob Bradford reports. After not making the major league roster, Murphy did not want to spend another season in the minor leagues and instead has chosen to enter free agency once more. He could provide a nice left-handed bat off the bench for some teams, but if he is unable to find a team, there's a good chance that he'll retire.