Rangers Rumors: Texas, David Murphy Discussing Long-Term Extension

The Texas Rangers avoided arbitration with outfielder David Murphy yesterday, as the two sides agreed to a one-year, $5.775 million contract for the 2013 season. However, assistant general manager Thad Levine told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that the two sides have explored the possibility of a multi-year extension.

"When we went into the offseason, we identified a handful of players that we wanted to pursue multi-year deals with, and [Murphy] was one of them," Levine said. "We have had conversations with Mike Moye on that. But we agreed with the firm deadline of arbitration, we want to get through this first and then continue that dialogue later."

Murphy turned in his best offensive performance for the Rangers last season, as the 31-year-old hit .304/.380/.479 with 29 doubles, three triples and 15 home runs over 457 at-bats. He owns a career line of .285/.348/.453 over seven seasons at the major league level.

Murphy and fellow outfielder Nelson Cruz are set to hit the free agent market next offseason if they are unable to reach extension agreements with the Rangers.

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