Red Sox outfielder David Murphy can opt-out of his contract with the Red Sox today. If he does, he might not be unemployed for long. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe expects Murphy to get calls from multiple teams and he hears from one major league source that the Orioles are among the clubs with interest. Cafardo adds that Murphy is “likely” to exercise his opt-out clause today.
Murphy, 34, inked a minor league deal with Boston in late February, bringing him back to the organization that drafted him in the first-round of the 2003 draft. The veteran’s big league journey took him to Texas for parts of seven seasons before he inked a two-year, $12.5MM contract with the Tribe. That deal didn’t quite go as planned and last season, the Indians shipped Murphy to the Angels. Between the two stops, he posted a combined .283/.318/.421 slash line with 10 home runs.
So far this spring, Murphy has looked solid and he feels as though he’s done enough to make a big league team.
“I feel I’ve had a decent camp and shown the Red Sox what I can do,” Murphy said. “I just want to end up in a major league uniform.”
By the same token, Murphy says that he would rather retire than play the 2016 season in the minors. For his career, Murphy owns a .274/.333/.432 big league slash line over ten seasons with the Red Sox, Rangers, Indians, and Angels.