The Texas Rangers avoided arbitration with outfielder David Murphy on Monday, agreeing to a one-year deal for $5,775,00.
With Murphy in the fold, the Rangers have agreed to deals with all their arbitration-eligible players. The Rangers haven’t gone to an arbitration hearing with a player since Lee Stevens in 2000.
Murphy, who will be the everyday left fielder for the Rangers, hit .304 in 2012 with 15 home runs and 61 RBI. He ranked sixth in the American League leaders in on-base percentage (.380) and 10th in batting average. Murphy played in a career-high 147 games.
Murphy, who is eligible to be a free agent following the 2013 season, was seeking $6.5 million, and the Rangers were offering $5.05 million. He made $3,625,000 in 2012.