If there is one thing the Texas Rangers will fall victim to with the departure of superstar OF Josh Hamilton, it is an offensive depression.
Left to fill the void in the Longhorn State is veteran outfielder, David Murphy. Murphy hit a strong .304 last season and many fantasy baseball owners fell in love with him.
Last year, Murphy also hit 15 home runs and drove in 61 more. It was his best season as a pro, and he showed that he can give the team some pop towards the bottom of the lineup.
Texas feels that Murphy’s power, combined with that of Nelson Cruz, can help the Rangers replace the runs left by Hamilton’s absence. This may be a little premature, however, because Murphy has never hit more than 17 home runs in a single season. He also has only hit over .300 once in the last five seasons.
Additionally, Murphy only managed to hit .222 in three games in October. He also only hit .276 in September, and both numbers are a very far cry from his phenomenal .300-plus batting average. Murphy was in a serious slump in the second half of the season, which is never promising heading into the following season.
Murphy will be drafted as a third outfielder in leagues across the nation simply because of the .304 next to his name from last year. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he will have a repeat performance or that he will even see the same kind of pitches.
Murphy can be a valuable fourth or fifth option, but he in no way should be drafted as a starter. It would be better to simply avoid Murphy altogether in 2013.