The Milwaukee Brewers have yet to make any big moves in free agency, but that does not mean they have not been active. The Brewers signed veteran utility infielder Donnie Murphy to a minor-league contract on Monday.
The 29-year-old Murphy has spent a little over six years in Major League Baseball. He began his career with the Kansas City Royals but after a measly .163 batting average, one home run and 11 RBIs in 39 games, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics. That was short lived as well, and after a stint in the minors, Murphy finally got to see some action again in the majors with the Miami Marlins where he has played the last three years.
Murphy is a career .205 hitter with 18 home runs, 82 RBIs, 35 doubles and four triples in 577 plate appearances. He batted a career-high .318 in 2010 in 44 at-bats with the Marlins where he also smacked three homers and knocked in 16 runs. He also posted 26 hits, six home runs and 21 RBIs in 118 at-bats in 2007 with the Athletics, all of which were career highs.
Murphy is nothing special offensively, but the Brewers could use a player that can play all infield positions. Murphy is not a superior defensive player but he can get the job done. In 578 total chances at second base, third base and shortstop, he has committed only 15 errors. Second base is his best position statistically but if he makes the Brewers’ active roster he would most likely see the most playing time at shortstop behind Jean Segura.
There is no guarantee Murphy will be on the team at the start of the year, but he did receive an invitation to spring training. The fact that Milwaukee would like to see a veteran infielder help players such as Segura improve their skills in the field means there is a good chance Murphy will be in a Brewers uniform come April.
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