Well the reunion of the century–or rather, 2016–may come to an end.
David Murphy, hitting .273 this spring, has opted out of his minor league deal and now his fate rests in Boston’s hands. The Sox have until Tuesday to decide what to do with the veteran outfielder, and frankly it isn’t looking too good, which is probably why Murphy decided to opt out.
“I’m holding out hope I end up here,” Murphy said. “But all the same I’d like a big league job somewhere. I’m going to keep getting my work in because opening day is coming up quickly.”
The Sx currently have Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr as the guaranteed starting outfielders with Rusney Castillo, Chris Young, and Brock Holt following after. That leaves two guys on the bench at any given time, why waste a roster spot with Murphy when the Sox have younger options on hand?
One way the Sox could keep Murph is to option Castillo to AAA Pawtucket and pay him a buttload of money to trudge through the minors again, but I get the sense that the Sox wouldn’t quite do something like that. It would make more sense just to dump Rusney at this point if they want to send him back down to the minors (which, depending on this season, very well may happen).
At 33 years old Murphy has a solid career ahead of him, he logged 132 games in 2015 while batting .283 and very well could start, it just won’t happen with the Sox. If the Murphy doesn’t mind playing second fiddle and the Sox are okay with eating Rusney’s salary to have him play for the PawSox then I’d expect to see Murphy here in 2016–but given the previous statement, I don’t see it happening.