Another minor roster move was made this weekend just as Spring Training started to take off, as the Boston Red Sox signed outfielder David Murphy to a minor league contract with an invite to camp.
The life of a major leaguer has many ups and downs, and Murphy’s is quite interesting. He was drafted by the Red Sox in the ’03 draft and received his first major league contract with the team. Murphy was a part of the organization until he was traded in the summer of 2007 to the Rangers, and now he finds himself back with the Sox.
When the Los Angeles Angels declined his $7 million contract in November, Murphy thought his time in the majors might be ending. Being 34 in a league that gets younger and younger each day, his time is getting short, and he really didn’t think he had a spot on any roster, until this weekend.
Where does he fit on the Red Sox roster? Well, on the 25-man roster, he doesn’t. The Sox already have a set outfield with Chris Young and Brock Holt as back ups, so there’s really nowhere for Murphy unless injuries happen or Runsey Castillo is terrible. The only way I can see Murphy coming up to the big leagues is if he puts up really good numbers in Triple-A and someone else is less than impressive; in that case, there could be a small chance he makes the roster. Last season, he hit .283 with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs. In his 10 seasons in the majors with the Red Sox, Rangers, Indians and Angels, he’s hit .274 with a .765 OPS. Not bad numbers for a guy that has never truly established himself with one team.
This moves gives the Sox much needed depth in case of injuries or poor play, and Murphy can be a veteran bat to fill in if needed.