Murphy Reaches Deal With Rangers

Arlington (January 17, 2012) -- The Texas Rangers announced this morning that outfielder David Murphy has agreed to terms on a one-year contract for the 2012 season. The deal worth $3,625,000, a substantial raise from the $2.4 million he made last year.

Murphy batted .275 with 11 homers and 46 RBI in 120 games with the Rangers in 2011. He started 62 games in left, 27 in right, and 11 in center and was in the lineup for 29 of the season’s final 30 games. Beginning August 22, he hit .358 in his final 32 games.

Murphy has a career major league average of .280 with 58 homers and 258 RBI in 560 games with Boston and Texas. He was acquired from the Red Sox in July 2007.

The Texas Rangers also agreed to one-year deals with right-handers Mark Lowe and Mike Adams, as well as left-hander Matt Harrison, avoiding arbitration.

Adams, a reliever, agreed to a $4.4 million deal after making
$2,535,000 last year. Lowe agreed to a $1.7 million, one-year
contract, a raise of $500,000.

Lowe, who avoided salary arbitration, was 2-3 with a 3.80 ERA
and one save in 52 games for the AL champions last season. He is
7-18 with a 4.03 ERA in parts of six major league seasons with the
Rangers and Seattle. Texas acquired him from the Mariners in July
2010.

Harrison was 14-9 with a 3.39 ERA in 31 games/30 starts with the Rangers in 2011. He had the second lowest ERA among Texas starters, was second on the staff in quality starts (20), and tied for third in wins. Harrison issued just 13 home runs in 185.2 innings with his ratio of 0.63 HR per 9.0 innings ranking as fourth best in the A.L. He was 3-0, 2.04 in five starts during July.

He was acquired from Atlanta in a seven-player trade in July 2007.

With Harrison’s agreement, three unsigned Rangers remain eligible for salary arbitration: catcher Mike Napoli, infielder Elvis Andrus, and outfielder Nelson Cruz.


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