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."