Houston Astros Could Wisely Target David Murphy in Free Agency

By Josh Sippie
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The Houston Astros have been fairly quiet as far as whom they may be targeting this offseason, though talks are surely happening. With plenty of money to spend and plenty of spots to fill, the Astros may turn out to be one of the more heavily involved teams in the MLB. One guy they may decide fits the bill is David Murphy, the former Texas Ranger.

Murphy had his worst year ever in 2013, managing only to hit .220. But prior to that year, he had never hit under .269. He puts up just about as many stolen bases as home runs and his RBI production is fairly impressive too. Most importantly, he doesn’t strike out an exorbitant amount, something that will always be welcome on the Astros.

Being a lefty, he’d definitely be a welcome addition in just about any line up, plus he plays outfield. So while he’s technically listed as a left fielder, he could certainly play either corner outfield spot.

Given his terrible 2013 campaign, Murphy could possibly slip under some team’s radars. However, his consistent hitting prior to last year should be enough to garnish some attention. He’s never made over $6 million, so he’s definitely not going to be out of the Astros’ price range. At 32 years old, he could feasibly look for a 2-3 year contract.

Murphy also has a factor that the Astros are very fond of. He’s a Houston native. It’s no secret that the Astros have been overly keen to give Houston natives another shot, so there’s no reason to believe that Murphy wouldn’t at least receive a call from the Astros. It would not be surprising at all to see the native suiting up for his home town club come 2014.

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