current status: On roster
#7 RF | 6'3", 210 lbs. | Cleveland
Birth Date:October 18, 1981 (32 years old) Place of Birth:Houston, TX Hometown:Spring, TX
Drafted:Drafted by Boston in 2003 (1st round).
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2013.
Drafted:Drafted by Boston in 2003 (1st round).
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2013.
.455 in last 11AB
.455 in last 11AB
|Assets:||Can mash right-handed pitching, but can also hold his own against southpaws most of the time. Can play all three outfield positions and hits in the clutch.|
|Flaws:||Needs to become more consistent at the plate, because his bad stretches can hurt his team. Doesn't take full advantage of his athleticism on the bases.|
|Career Potential:||Sound veteran outfielder.|
Movements & Injuries
|11/20/2013||Signed as a free agent by the Cleveland Indians to a two-year contract.|
|10/31/2013||Filed for free agency.|
|5/05/2013||Missed 1 game (stomach virus).|
|5/04/2013||Stomach virus, day-to-day.|
|1/21/2013||Re-signed by the Texas Rangers to a one-year contract.|
|1/17/2012||Re-signed by the Texas Rangers to a one-year contract.|
|1/06/2011||Re-signed by the Texas Rangers to a one-year contract.|
|10/09/2010||Missed the last 4 games of the regular season and 2 playoff games (groin).|
|2/20/2009||Re-signed by the Texas Rangers to a one-year contract.|
|10/02/2008||Missed the last 47 games of the regular season (right knee injury).|
|8/07/2008||Right knee injury, early September.|
|2/25/2008||Signed by the Texas Rangers to a one-year contract.|
|8/10/2007||Recalled from Oklahoma (AAA).|
|7/31/2007||Acquired from the Boston Red Sox.|
|6/26/2007||Optioned to Pawtucket (AAA).|
|6/22/2007||Recalled from Pawtucket (AAA).|
|3/23/2007||Optioned to Pawtucket (AAA).|
|3/11/2007||Re-signed by the Boston Red Sox to a one-year contract.|
|9/01/2006||Recalled from Pawtucket (AAA).|
|3/13/2006||Optioned to Pawtucket (AAA).|
|2/28/2006||Re-signed by the Boston Red Sox to a one-year contract.|
|11/18/2005||Contract purchased from Portland (AA).|
|11/20/2013||Signed as a free agent by the Cleveland Indians.|
|7/31/2007||Texas Rangers traded Eric Gagne to the Boston Red Sox for Kason Gabbard, David Murphy and Engel Beltre.|
|6/03/2003||Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 1st round (17th overall) in 2003.|
David Murphy reaches four times to lead Tribe | 07/19/2014 4:35 PM
NewsDavid Murphy reached base in all four of his plate appearances and drove home a pair of runs, leading the Indians to a 6-2 victory over the Tigers in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.
ImpactHe finished the day 2-for-2 plus a pair of walks, and he also scored a run. The veteran outfielder is now hitting .247/.311/.368 with six homers and 46 RBI in his first 89 games on the season.
Murphy connects for two-run homer vs. Sox | 07/11/2014 10:36 PM
NewsDavid Murphy launched a two-run home run Friday against the White Sox.
ImpactIt was his first home run since way back on May 21. After joining the Indians on a two-year, $12 million contract over the winter, Murphy got off to a nice start with his new club, but he has seen his batting average drop over 50 points (from .284 to .243) over the past month.
David Murphy in 1-for-36 slump | 06/28/2014 1:31 AM
NewsDavid Murphy went 0-for-3 with a walk on Friday and is in a 1-for-36 slump.
ImpactMurphy got off to a nice start for the Indians, but he's now gone more than a month without a homer and his average has fallen under .250. The Indians have been patient thus far, but they'll eventually have to explore alternatives (Tyler Holt?) if this keeps up.
David Murphy hits game-tying homer in ninth | 05/21/2014 5:36 PM
NewsDavid Murphy hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning of Wednesday's win over the Tigers.
ImpactMurphy followed Michael Brantley's one-out single with a drive to right field that cleared the wall. The Indians eventually won in bizarre fashion on a balk with the bases loaded in the 13th. Murphy also had a sac fly and an RBI double earlier in the game, giving him four RBI for the day and 30 for the season. He sports an impressive .294/.360/.483 batting line for the season.
Murphy homers, walks in win over the Tigers | 05/20/2014 10:50 PM
NewsDavid Murphy went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Tigers.
ImpactMurphy took Evan Reed out to right field for his fourth home run of the season. The Indians' signing of Murphy during the off-season has worked out well, as the outfielder now sports a .292/.364/.460 with a vast majority of the damage being done against right-handed pitching.
Murphy homers, but Tribe fall to the Jays | 05/15/2014 10:52 PM
NewsDavid Murphy went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Blue Jays.
ImpactMurphy followed up Wednesday's five-hit affair with another multi-hit effort. He took J.A. Happ deep in the fifth inning for his third homer of the season. It's notable because Happ is a lefty and Murphy entered the ballgame with a .479 OPS against southpaws. Murphy is now sporting a .280/.355/.440 slash line with 25 runs batted in.
Murphy adds 5 hits, 5 RBI in rout of BlueJays | 05/14/2014 10:49 PM
NewsDavid Murphy went 5-for-6 with three doubles, three RBI, and two runs scored as the Indians routed the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
ImpactIt was a ballgame for much of Wednesday's affair, but the Indians kept piling on, thanks in part to Murphy's hot bat. Lonnie Chisenhall joined him in the five-hit club as well. Murphy raised his OPS a whopping 71 points with the performance, now sitting with a .273/.350/.413 slash line with 24 RBI.
Murphy homers, plates four to lead Indians | 04/12/2014 5:44 PM
NewsDavid Murphy homered and drove home four runs on Satuday, leading the Indians in a 12-6 victory over the White Sox.
ImpactMurphy's solo home run in the second inning was one of three long balls off White Sox starter Felipe Paulino. He added a bases clearing triple in the ninth inning to put the game out of reach. He's off to a terrific start at the dish in 2014, slashing .303/.333/.636 with two homers and 10 RBI.
Murphy knocks in four in win over Padres | 04/08/2014 10:46 PM
NewsDavid Murphy went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a three-run home run as the Indians defeated the Padres on Tuesday.
ImpactMurphy entered the night with lukewarm results in his first five games, but broke out in a big way on Tuesday. Over the past six seasons, all spent with the Rangers, Murphy displayed occasional power and speed, which should be highlighted as part of a platoon with Ryan Raburn in right field.
Indians finalize 2-yr, $12M deal with Murphy | 11/25/2013 9:38 AM
NewsIndians signed OF David Murphy to a two-year, $12 million contract with a $7 million club option for 2016.
ImpactThe deal was agreed upon last week and made official Monday after Murphy passed his pre-signing physical. The 32-year-old had a down year with the Rangers in 2013, but he's capable of a bounceback in 2014 and fits nicely into a right-field platoon with Ryan Raburn.
Murphy's deal with Indians has club option | 11/20/2013 10:08 AM
NewsPaul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that David Murphy's contract with the Indians includes a club option for a third year.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
ImpactMurphy has agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with the Indians, pending a physical on Thursday. The 32-year-old batted just .220/.282/.374 with the Rangers this past season, but he's expected to be on the strong side of a platoon with Ryan Raburn in right field next season. His addition likely signals the end of Drew Stubbs' tenure in Cleveland.
Murphy finalizing two-year deal with Indians | 11/19/2013 10:16 PM
NewsEvan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Indians are close to finalizing a two-year contract with David Murphy in excess of $10 million.
Dallas Morning News
ImpactMurphy is coming off a very disappointing season that saw him bat only .220/.282/.374 for the Rangers, but he hit .291/.356/.445 while averaging nearly 13 homers per season the three years prior. He's a career .280/.347/.469 hitter against right-handed pitching and seems likely to serve on the long side of a platoon in right field with Drew Stubbs, assuming Stubbs isn't non-tendered. If Stubbs doesn't return, Ryan Raburn would be the likely platoon mate with Murphy.
David Murphy homers in loss to A's | 09/02/2013 7:40 PM
NewsDavid Murphy smacked a two-run homer in Monday's loss to the Athletics.
ImpactHe also drew a walk on the day. Unfortunately for the Rangers, Murphy's two-run blast in the fifth inning represented all the runs they could muster for the day. The outfielder upped his season batting line to a disappointing .222/.281/.382.
David Murphy hits 12th homer for Rangers | 08/01/2013 10:41 PM
NewsDavid Murphy went 3-for-4 and hit his 12th homer against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
ImpactMurphy's power hasn't gone anywhere and he's actually striking out less than ever, yet here he is hitting .227 on Aug. 1. There's no reason to think he can't go on a little tear from here and turn back into a decent mixed-league outfielder. Since the Rangers failed to trade for an outfielder, he'll get every opportunity to turn it around.
David Murphy goes hitless in Rangers' loss | 06/13/2013 11:02 PM
NewsDavid Murphy went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday's loss and is batting .130 in 46 at-bats during June.
ImpactThe more Murphy struggles, the more tempted the Rangers will be to give Jurickson Profar a long look in the outfield once Ian Kinsler returns. Murphy did play well last month, hitting .286 with five homers and 17 RBI, but his overall average is down to .208.
Murphy goes 2-for-5 with a 2B and 3 RBI | 05/26/2013 2:19 AM
NewsDavid Murphy went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI in Saturday's 5-2 victory in Seattle.
ImpactMurphy's two-run double in the second off Felix Hernandez spotted Texas a 3-0 lead. Murphy, one of the league's few tormentors of King Felix, had another good game against the All-World hurler. Unfortunately, he hasn't been hitting anyone else, batting .229/.279/.405 through 47 games. Murphy does have eight hits in his last six games, hopefully portending the end to his batter's box misery.
David Murphy homers in Rangers' win | 05/22/2013 5:07 PM
NewsDavid Murphy hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and the Rangers made it hold up Wednesday in a 3-1 over the A's.
ImpactMurphy had an awful April after being handed a full-time gig for the first time in his career, but now back sitting against some lefties, he's hit .291 with four homers and 11 RBI in 55 at-bats this month.
Murphy goes 2-for-3, homers on Sunday night | 05/20/2013 12:15 AM
NewsDavid Murphy went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI in Sunday night's win over the Tigers.
ImpactWith Ian Kinsler on the disabled list, the Rangers are using Elvis Andrus as their leadoff hitter and Murphy in the No. 2 spot. It's not exactly a deserved promotion after Murphy posted a .170/.215/.295 batting line in April, but there are not any other current options. Murphy appears to be finally healthy after missing time last week with a lower back injury.
Murphy clubs solo homer in victory vs. Astros | 05/10/2013 11:39 PM
NewsDavid Murphy smacked one of three solo homers for the Rangers in a 4-2 victory for the Astros on Friday night.
ImpactNelson Cruz and Jeff Baker also launched solo shots. For Murphy, it was his third home run of the season and his first since April 20. His struggles have moved him into a platoon role in recent weeks, as Baker made the start in left field on Friday, but he should still get the majority of at-bats. Murphy is an underrated but proven commodity, so this isn't a bad time to buy low in deeper formats.
David Murphy (flu) singles as pinch-hitter | 05/06/2013 8:32 AM
NewsDavid Murphy (flu) singled as a pinch-hitter in the Rangers' win over the Red Sox on Sunday.
ImpactMurphy was held out of the starting lineup with a stomach virus. He should return Monday night against the Cubs.
David Murphy day-to-day with stomach virus | 05/04/2013 5:06 PM
NewsDavid Murphy is day-to-day with a stomach virus.
Anthony Andro on Twitter
ImpactMurphy has posted a brutal .168/.225/.284 batting line in 28 games this season. Maybe the time off will help him.
Murphy not in Friday's lineup | 05/03/2013 4:34 PM
NewsDavid Murphy is not in Friday's lineup against the Red Sox.
Anthony Andro on Twitter
ImpactRangers manager Ron Washington has insisted that Murphy is not in a platoon in left field, but he has now been benched in four straight games, all of them against southpaws. Jeff Baker, who is off to hot start this season, has been the beneficiary.
Murphy has RBI single in win over Mariners | 04/12/2013 2:08 AM
NewsDavid Murphy had an RBI single in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Mariners.
ImpactIt was his only hit of the day. While Murphy put the Rangers ahead in the fifth, Nelson Cruz's RBI double ended up being the difference in the ballgame. Rangers manager Ron Washington has used Murphy out of the fifth spot in nine out of 10 games this season, so he should have plenty of RBI opportunities if he can stick there. He's an underrated option in mixed leagues.
Murphy clubs two-run homer vs. Rockies | 03/22/2013 8:04 PM
NewsDavid Murphy went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and two runs scored Friday against the Rockies.
ImpactNelson Cruz and A.J. Pierzynski also homered for the Rangers. Murphy is hitting a cool .333 (18-for-54) in 20 games this spring and should be worth using in most mixed leagues this season. The 31-year-old outfielder has averaged 14 home runs and 10 stolen bases per season dating back to 2008.
Rangers have talked long-term Murphy deal | 01/21/2013 10:55 PM
NewsThe Rangers have discussed a long-term contract extension with outfielder David Murphy.
Impact"When we went into the offseason, we identified a handful of players that we wanted to pursue multi-year deals with, and [Murphy] was one of them," Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine said Monday. "We have had conversations with [Murphy's agent] Mike Moye on that." The discussions could get more serious this spring. Murphy, 31, is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2013 season. He hit .304/.380/.479 in 2012.
Rangers, Murphy avoid arb. with $5.75M deal | 01/21/2013 2:45 PM
NewsRangers avoided arbitration with OF David Murphy by agreeing to a one-year, $5.75 million contract.
ImpactIt's the midpoint of the figures exchanged last week. Murphy, 31, was in his final year of arbitration and should be in line for a pretty nice deal next winter if he can repeat his performance from 2012, when he batted .304/.380/.479 with 15 home runs and 10 stolen bases.
Murphy, Rangers heading to arbitration | 01/18/2013 7:14 PM
NewsDavid Murphy requested $6.5 million and was offered $5.05 million from the Rangers when arbitration figures were exchanged Friday.
Jon Heyman on Twitter
ImpactIt was the third time that Murphy was arbitration eligible. The 31-year-old outfielder looks primed to step into a starting role in the Rangers outfield in 2013, and fantasy leaguers should take note of his double digit potential in power and speed.
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|Date||Team||Opp||POS||AB||R||H||2B||3B||HR||RBI||BB||K||SB||CS||YTD OBP||YTD SLG||YTD AVG||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
|GCL Red Sox||R||5||18||3||5||1||0||0||1||1||2||1||0||.316||.333||.278|
2014 Game Highs
|At Bats||6||3 times-last: vs. NYA||last: Jul 9||6|
|Runs||3||vs. SD||Apr 8||2|
|Hits||5||at Tor||May 14||3|
|Doubles||3||at Tor||May 14||1|
|Triples||1||at ChA||Apr 12||1|
|Home Runs||1||6 times-last: vs. ChA||last: Jul 11||1|
|Total Bases||8||at Tor||May 14||7|
|Extra-Base Hits||3||at Tor||May 14||2|
|Runs Batted In||5||at Tor||May 14||4|
|Base on Balls||3||at Ana||Apr 29||2|
|Times on Base||5||at Tor||May 14||3|
|Stolen Bases||1||2 times-last: vs. Oak||last: May 18||1|
|Caught Stealing||1||3 times-last: at Det||last: Jul 19||1|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|At Bats||457||2012 (Tex)|
|Triples||3||2 times-last: 2012 (Tex)|
|Home Runs||17||2009 (Tex)|
|Total Bases||219||2012 (Tex)|
|Extra-Base Hits||47||2012 (Tex)|
|Runs Batted In||74||2008 (Tex)|
|Base on Balls||54||2012 (Tex)|
|Times on Base||197||2012 (Tex)|
|Stolen Bases||14||2010 (Tex)|
|Caught Stealing||6||2011 (Tex)|
|Batting Average||.304||2012 (Tex)|
|On Base Percentage||.380||2012 (Tex)|
|Slugging Percentage||.479||2012 (Tex)|