Report: Indians reach deal with OF Murphy


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Updated: 11/20/2013 3:59 pm Published: 11/20/2013 3:59 pm


Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Indians have agreed to terms with outfielder David Murphy on a two-year contract, multiple sources told MLB.com on Wednesday.

The deal, which also includes a team option for the 2016 season, is reportedly worth $12 million over the next two seasons and is pending the completion of a physical that Murphy is scheduled to undergo on Thursday.

Murphy heads to the Indians after a seven-year stint with the Texas Rangers and owns a .275 average in 849 career games. The 32-year-old has reached double digits in home runs in each of the last six seasons, though he is coming off a down year in which he hit a career-low .220 while compiling 13 homers and 45 RBI over 142 games.

A former first-round pick of Boston, Murphy broke into the majors with the Red Sox in 2006 under current Indians manager Terry Francona.

Murphy, a left-handed hitter, will likely be used in a platoon with Drew Stubbs in right field with the Indians. Stubbs, Cleveland's primary starter at that position last season, batted just .233 with 10 homers in 2013 and particulary struggled when facing right-handed pitching.


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