Several reports late Tuesday night, including one from Dallas Morning News reporter Evan Grant, have the Indians in the midst of finalizing a two-year, $10 million deal with Texas outfielder David Murphy.
The left-handed hitting Murphy, 32, is coming off a career-low .220 2013 campaign in which he accumulated just 13 home runs and 45 RBI in 142 games for the Rangers.
It was his sixth full season with the club since joining Texas midway through the ‘07 season as part of a trade deadline-deal that sent relief pitcher Eric Gagne to Boston.
How bad was Murphy's season this year? Consider it came just one year after he hit .304 with 15 homers and 61 RBI for the Rangers in 2012.
In 27 postseason games, Murphy owns a .257 average - including batting at a .412 clip in the 2011 ALCS against the Detroit Tigers. He also owns a career .362 batting average (27-for-74) with three home runs and 15 RBI in 21 games at Cleveland’s Progressive Field.
Although primarily a left fielder, Murphy’s arrival could spell the end for Tribe right fielder Drew Stubbs, a potential non-tender candidate who reportedly could earn up to $3.8 million via arbitration.