The Red Sox have released outfielder David Murphy, the club announced. Murphy opted out of his minor league deal with the team yesterday, and the Sox had 48 hours to either release him or add him to the 25-man roster.
Murphy, 34, was signed last month to add some left-handed hitting depth to Boston’s outfield. Murphy’s chance at a roster spot, however, seemed to diminish as the Red Sox seemed to prefer two internal lefty-swingers (Brock Holt and Travis Shaw), and Murphy has no interest in a Triple-A assignment, hinting that he’d consider retiring before going back to the minors.
As Murphy’s release wasn’t unexpected, the Orioles and other teams have already been rumored to be interested in the veteran. Baltimore has been linked to such left-handed hitting outfield options as Murphy and the Pirates’ Matt Joyce since the O’s already seem disenchanted with Hyun Soo Kim. Murphy hit .283/.318/.421 with 10 homers over 391 plate appearances with the Angels and Indians last season. This is just my opinion, but a reunion with either of those teams wouldn’t be out of the question since both L.A. and Cleveland have unsettled outfields.