The Indians made it official today, announcing the signing of free-agent outfielder David Murphy.
Negotiations on the two-year, $12 million contract (that includes a $7 million club option for 2014) were concluded last week, but the Tribe waited until Murphy passed a physical before revealing the deal.
Actually, Murphy’s 5-year-old daughter, Faith, was the first to break to the news of his signing at a Texas day-care center.
“”They were talking about Pilgrims and Indians,’’ General Manger Chris Antonetti said. “”She said, ‘My daddy is going to be an Indian.’ So this is a first for us.’’
Murphy, who bats from the left side, can play all three outfield positions but as expected, Antonetti said that he would primarily play right and hit against right-handed pitchers.
“”It will give Terry (Francona) the opportunity to mix and match in right,’’ Antonetti said. “”It will also involve the DH.’’
Ryan Raburn probably will form the other half of the platoon, playing against left-handers. Drew Stubbs, the incumbent in right, is still in the picture. Or is he?
Murphy’s statistics took a beating last year with the Rangers, as he batted .220 with 13 home runs and 45 RBI in 436 at-bats. In 2012, he batted .304 with 15 homers and 61 RBI in 457 at-bats.To make room on the 40-man roster for Murphy, the Tribe designated right-hander Tyler Cloyd for assignment. Cloyd was claimed on waivers from the Phillies last month.