Murphy’s two-year pact is worth $12 million ($5.5 million for 2014 and $6 million for 2015) and includes a $7 million club option (or $500,000 buyout) for 2016.
After spending the past seven seasons with the Rangers and playing in two World Series, Murphy joins the Indians in their quest to build on their brief taste of the postseason stage last season.
“They have a lot of fun on the field and they believe in one another,” Murphy said. “Obviously, they won 92 games last year, and they look like they’re only going to get better.”
“As we sit here today,” Antonetti said, “we feel good with the group of outfielders that we have. We’ll continue to look for opportunities to improve the team and make adjustments as the offseason goes along, but … it provides us with a great deal of flexibility and versatility, and that was one of our strengths last year.”
What is clear is that no matter how the news came out, Cleveland wanted Murphy as part of the equation.
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MLB.com by Jordan Bastian on November 25, 2013