Rangers lock in Murphy; Napoli thanks fans back in Texas
Arlington, TX, United States (4E Sports) – The Texas Rangers locked in outfielder David Murphy to a one-year, $5.75 million deal, avoiding arbitration in the process on Tuesday.
Murphy, who batted .304 with 15 homers and 61 RBIs in 147 games in 2013, became the last arbitration-eligible Ranger to agree on a new deal.
The 31-year-old slugger is expected to step up his game a notch higher largely because of the departure of key players such Josh Hamilton, Damon Young, and Mike Napoli.
Napoli, who officially signed with the Boston Red Sox, tweeted a thanks to the Rangers fans for their support during his tenure.
He added he’s going to miss the NAP-O-LI chant the fans had throughout their playoff run in 2011.
Want to thank the Rangers organization and especially the fans!! Gonna miss you guys and thanks for all your support! #gonnamissthechant, Napoli stated on his Twitter account.