Multiple reports have confirmed that outfielder David Murphy has been signed to add depth to the already multi-layered out fielding crew of the Boston Red Sox.
Murphy is an established left-handed hitter who has a career 20 point advantage while hitting against righties (.278 compared to .258 against lefties) and will most likely be a reserve option getting most of his time in Pawtucket.
Murphy has experience at all three outfield positions but will probably play one of the corner slots with Mookie Betts (the potential perennial all-star) locking up the centerfield position.
Last year in both Cleveland and Los Angeles (Angels), he regularly and almost exclusively faced right-handed pitchers on his way to slashing .283/.318/.421 over 132 games.
Murphy was actually drafted by the Red Sox back in 2003 in Theo Epstein’s first draft class. He made his major league debut in Boston against the Yankees in 2006 and eventually was swapped for reliever Eric Gagne in late July of the following year.
The major question in this signing is whether or not he is actually going to see the field and be able to provide his usual spark with his high socks. He has been around the game for a long time and brings invaluable experience during in-game situations as well as all of the post-game fury.
He is another older guy who can show some of the younger outfielders how to carry themselves on a daily basis. Even if he only gets five at bats (definitely not going to be that few) it is comforting to have another outfielder on the bench who can fill in at any spot and do it at a high level.
If for whatever reason, the BBC of Betts Bradley and Castillo, cannot produce, Chris Young and David Murphy will be the next two men up to fill the void in order to put the best seven fielders out behind your pitching and catching battery.
You can never get enough good men on a baseball roster and this is a prime example of that. I’m looking forward to seeing Murph and his high socks add some flare to this Red Sox lineup.