According to several internet reports, including one from the Dallas Morning News, the Indians are on the verge of signing left-handed hitting outfielder David Murphy to a two-year contract worth more than $10 million.
Until last season, Murphy was a productive hitter for the Rangers, but his 2013 numbers fell precipitously, as he batted .220 with 13 home runs and 45 RBI in 436 at-bats. In 2012, Murphy batted .304 with 15 homers and 61 RBI in 457 at-bats.
Even if he rebounds to his pre-2013 levels, Murphy is not the impact RBI bat the Tribe sorely needs.
On the plus side, Murphy, 31, can play all three outfield positions. He has played more games in left (90 of his 106 starts in 2013 were in left), but he has considerable experience in right and also has played center.
Maybe the Indians’ interest was piqued by Murphy’s career numbers at Progressive Field: a .365 batting average, three homers and 15 RBI in 74 at-bats.
Last season, Murphy made $5.775 million.