David Murphy, an eight-year veteran who is a career .275 hitter, signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Indians on Wednesday, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
The 32-year-old Murphy is versatile, having played all three outfield positions in his career, and has postseason experience. But he's coming off a season in which he hit a career-low .220.
His batting average on balls in play (BABIP) was only .227, far below the league average, suggesting he may be in for a bump back to his usual numbers in 2014.
Because 79 of Murphy's 86 career home runs have come against right-handed pitching, some have suggested he would be a good candidate to platoon in one of the corner outfield spots with Ryan Raburn, who has better numbers against left-handed pitching.
Murphy gets $12M/2 yrs with 3rd year option. #indians — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 20, 2013