David Murphy LF/RF/DH BOS 1 week ago

Murphy intends to retire from baseball, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Murphy technically became a free agent Monday after exercising the out in his contract with the Twins. He might have been an option for the big-league squad as soon as this week, but Murphy decided he'd rather spend more time with his family, suggesting that retirement is on the horizon. He probably won't file the actual papers, as he's only 34 years old and could conceivably still help a major league team in a platoon or pinch-hitting role.

David Murphy LF/RF/DH BOS 1 week ago

Murphy exercised the out in his contract and is now a free agent, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Murphy was obviously not satisfied playing at the minor league level for the Twins and is now eligible to sign with another major league team. Murphy has a solid MLB track record (career .274 BA and .333 OBP) and at only 34 years old, one has to think he still has a couple good seasons left in the tank. It likely won't be long before the outfielder signs with another MLB team and finds his way into their lineup.

David Murphy LF/RF/DH BOS 3 weeks ago

Murphy signed a minor league deal with the Twins on Thursday, the Star Tribune's LaVelle Neal reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Murphy reportedly isn't expected to spend much time with Triple-A Rochester, so one of the Twins' outfielders is on the hot seat. That said, Murphy was unsigned for a reason, as he offers a veteran presence and a solid bat against lefties, and not much else. He will report to Rochester on Friday.

David Murphy LF/RF/DH BOS 3 weeks ago

Murphy has no plans to retire at this time and hopes to join a major league team in the near future, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Murphy is coming off a decent spring with the Red Sox, slashing .273/.286/.364 with three RBI but he ultimately did not make the Opening Day roster. He opted out of his deal and now the 34-year-old outfielder is seeking out a roster spot on another team. Murphy could be a solid fit for teams looking for outfield depth or an extra left-handed bat.

David Murphy LF/RF/DH BOS 1 month ago

Murphy was granted his release by the Red Sox on Monday, Rob Bradford reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After not making the major league roster, Murphy did not want to spend another season in the minor leagues and instead has chosen to enter free agency once more. He could provide a nice left-handed bat off the bench for some teams, but if he is unable to find a team, there's a good chance that he'll retire.

David Murphy LF/RF/DH BOS 1 month ago

Murphy opted out of his contract with the Red Sox on Sunday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The minor league contract agreed to by the parties in late February included an opt out for March 27, which Murphy has taken advantage of. He's actually fared OK at the plate this spring, notching a .273/.286/.364 slash line with three RBI, five runs scored, and one walk versus four strikeouts. The Red Sox will have 48 hours to respond to Murphy's request, but the move may stick, as Scott Lauber of ESPN Boston speculates that Rusney Castillo may have to be optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in order to place Murphy on the 25-man roster.

David Murphy LF/RF/DH BOS 1 month ago

Murphy said he's considering retirement if he doesn't earn a spot on Boston's major league roster, WEEI.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Murphy has an opt-out clause that comes due Mar. 27 and it's awfully crowded situation in Boston's outfield. With Travis Shaw hitting his way into the team's plans for 2016, there doesn't appear to be room for a fifth outfielder. At this point in his career, Murphy said he has no interest in playing in the minors. "Retirement is definitely a possibility there," Murphy said. "I don't know. The way that everything has gone this offseason, something like that has crept up kind of quickly. It would definitely be part of my thought process, but I really don't know. I'd have to take a little bit of time to think about it, or to go home and stay in shape and wait for a phone call."

David Murphy LF/RF/DH BOS 2 months ago

Murphy agreed to a minor league contract with the Red Sox on Monday, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Murphy will get a chance to compete for a roster spot this spring, but on a minor league contract, he won't be guaranteed a place on the Opening Day roster. If he does make the cut, Murphy would provide a left-handed complement at the corner outfield positions behind starters Rusney Castillo and Mookie Betts.

David Murphy LF/RF/DH BOS 2 months ago

Murphy could be a free agent target of Texas if the injury to Josh Hamilton requires additional surgery, the team's web site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Murphy is reportedly holding out for a major-league contract, with Texas offering just a minor-league deal to date.

David Murphy LF/RF/DH BOS 6 months ago

Murphy's 2016 option was declined Wednesday, ESPN's Buster Olney reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Angels declined Murphy's $7 million dollar option making the 34-year-old outfielder a free agent this offseason. Considering his success this season (.283/.318/.421 with 10 home runs and 50 RBI in 361 at-bats) Murphy likely priced himself out of a return with the Angels, but he could a useful platoon option for a team looking for some power against right-handed pitching (he recorded just 23 at-bats against southpaws this season).