ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have declined their $7 million contract option for next season on outfielder David Murphy, making him a free agent.
Angels spokesman Tim Mead confirmed the decision Wednesday. Murphy gets a $500,000 buyout.
Los Angeles acquired Murphy from Cleveland in late July for the playoff stretch. The 10-year veteran was a dependable contributor while batting .265 with five homers, starting as a designated hitter and then platooning in left field.
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The Angels acquired Murphy, Shane Victorino and David DeJesus near the deadline in an attempt to boost their offense from left field, where the club never found a solid replacement for Josh Hamilton.
The Angels are expected to pursue higher-profile free-agent outfielders this winter. They also plan to stay in communication with Murphy.