It has been a big week here in Wahooland, so let us get right into it.
The Tribe signs outfielder David Murphy
It is not quite the needle-moving deal that everyone hoped for, but it is a start. GM Chris Antonetti gave former Texas Rangers OF David Murphy two years and $12 million dollars, along with a club option for 2016. The left-handed hitting Murphy will most likely be in a right field platoon with last year’s big surprise, Ryan Raburn, who is also signed for the next two seasons. I’ve seen many a Tribe fan already compare this to a new age Jason Michaels/David Dellucci situation.
That can’t possibly happen again…I don’t think.
Murphy is 32 years old and coming off of his worst season since becoming a regular in 2008. After a 2012 season where he hit .304/.380/.479 and was a 3.2 WAR player, he struggled in his free agent season. .220/.282/.374 was not what the Rangers were looking for. His 0.2 mark was his worst WAR since 2011. The same goes for his career low .227 BaBIP – well off his .302 lifetime number.
His splits are interesting as well. Murphy hit .296/.348/.461 vs. righties in 2011 and .296/.375/.487 in 2012. He dipped the past season to .219/.286/.399. The road/home splits are a tad of a concern. The Ballpark at Arlington is a known hitters haven and Murphy made the most of his time there. Over the past three seasons, Murphy’s home slash line was .286/.345/.470 while on the road he went .248/.319/.371. [Read more...]