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 became a free agent Monday, 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 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 its 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.
Murphy opted out of his contract with the Red Sox on Sunday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.
The minor league contract agreed to by the parties in late February included an opt out for March 27, which Murphy has taken advantage of. He's actually fared OK at the plate this spring, notching a .273/.286/.364 slash line with three RBI, five runs scored, and one walk versus four strikeouts. The Red Sox will have 48 hours to respond to Murphy's request, but the move may stick, as Scott Lauber of ESPN Boston speculates that Rusney Castillo may have to be optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in order to place Murphy on the 25-man roster.
Murphy said he's considering retirement if he doesn't earn a spot on Boston's major league roster, WEEI.com reports.
Murphy has an opt-out clause that comes due Mar. 27 and it's an awfully crowded situation in Boston's outfield. With Travis Shaw hitting his way into the team's plans for 2016, there doesn't appear to be room for a fifth outfielder. At this point in his career, Murphy said he has no interest in playing in the minors. "Retirement is definitely a possibility there," Murphy said. "I don't know. The way that everything has gone this offseason, something like that has crept up kind of quickly. It would definitely be part of my thought process, but I really don't know. I'd have to take a little bit of time to think about it, or to go home and stay in shape and wait for a phone call."
Murphy agreed to a minor league contract with the Red Sox on Monday, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports.
Murphy will get a chance to compete for a roster spot this spring, but on a minor league contract, he won't be guaranteed a place on the Opening Day roster. If he does make the cut, Murphy would provide a left-handed complement at the corner outfield positions behind starters Rusney Castillo and Mookie Betts.
Murphy could be a free agent target of Texas if the injury to Josh Hamilton requires additional surgery, the team's web site reports.
Murphy is reportedly holding out for a major-league contract, with Texas offering just a minor-league deal to date.
Murphy's 2016 option was declined Wednesday, ESPN's Buster Olney reports.
The Angels declined Murphy's $7 million dollar option making the 34-year-old outfielder a free agent this offseason. Considering his success this season (.283/.318/.421 with 10 home runs and 50 RBI in 361 at-bats) Murphy likely priced himself out of a return with the Angels, but he could a useful platoon option for a team looking for some power against right-handed pitching (he recorded just 23 at-bats against southpaws this season).
Angels outfielder David Murphy is not in the lineup Monday against the Astros, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Murphy has seen the majority of the left field starts lately, riding a six-game hitting streak that's raised his average to .287, but he'll take a seat Monday. Shane Victorino will get the start in left in his place and bat seventh.
Angels outfielder David Murphy went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in a 3-1 loss to Seattle on Wednesday.
That is now back-to-back games in the leadoff spot and back-to-back games with a home run. If he continues to hit leadoff, his value would rise exponentially, as he'll hit in front of Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. Prior to being moved to the leadoff spot, Murphy was just 2 for 17, so it was probably a confidence booster for the lefty as well.
The Indians traded outfielder David Murphy to the Angels prior to Tuesday's game.
Murphy was scratched from the lineup, leading to speculation that a deal was in the works. CBSSports.com's baseball insider Jon Heyman reports that the Indians will receive Eric Stamets from the Angels.
Murphy is hitting .296 with .781 OPS for the Indians this year. He's started games in left field, right field and DH.
Stamets, a shortstop, was hitting .248 at Double-A Arkansas.
Indians designated hitter David Murphy was pulled from the starting lineup prior to Tuesday's game.
The reason for his being scratched wasn't made apparent. It's possible he's the subject of trade negotiations. A report from the Los Angeles Times said that the Angels were close to finalizing a deal to acquire Murphy.
Jason Kipnis moves from second base to DH to replace Murphy, and Mike Aviles entered the lineup at second base.
With the Indians playing in a National League ballpark Saturday, designated hitter David Murphy was held out of the lineup at Cincinnati, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Murphy played left field in Friday's loss. Murphy is hitting .226 with three doubles and five RBI in his last 13 games.
Indians right fielder Brandon Moss is not in Sunday's starting lineup. Moss has started 67 games in right, including seven of the last eight and 12 of the last 14.
David Murphy gets the call in right for the ninth time this year and second in the last four games.
Indians designated hitter David Murphy has been hitting all season like he wants to shed his platoon tag. And Wednesday against Houston, he was given a chance to stay in the game against a sidearming left-hander and he delivered.
Murphy slammed a critical two-run double off the fence in right field against Joe Thatcher in the eighth inning to turn a 2-2 tie into a 4-2 win. It was his second two-bagger of the game and sweetened his slash line to .333/.375/.500.
Indians outfielder David Murphy went 2 for 3 with an RBI-double in the first inning of Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Astros. Murphy put the Indians up early with his run-scoring two-bagger.
Murphy had gone 17 games since the last time he hit a double, but he is batting .360 over his last 11 games (seven starts).
Indians designated hitter David Murphy was not in the lineup for Thursday's game at Tampa Bay, reports the Northeast Ohio Media Group. He was replaced by Ryan Raburn, who will bat fourth.
Murphy is hitting .375 with two home runs and five RBI in his last 11 games.
The Indians are favored (-120) at Tampa Bay on Thursday.
Indians DH David Murphy hit a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over Tampa.
Murphy went 1 for 4 and has 5 hits in his last 10 at bats. His eighth inning homer was fifth of the year and first since June 22. He now has 21 RBI.
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