Evaluating the Mid-tier Outfield Market for the Royals

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David Murphy
Bats: L / Throws: L
Opening Day Age: 34

Wrapping up the list of mid-tier outfielders for the Kansas City Royals is one of the more underrated players in the league, David Murphy. The 10-year veteran is not dissimilar to Daniel Murphy, who just signed a three-year deal with the Washington Nationals. The outfielding Murphy is a candidate for a one- or two-year deal at the age of 34. Like Daniel, David is a lefty bat with a little bit of power who does not strike out. David Murphy will not draw many walks or wow you with big home run numbers, but he will not torpedo a lineup. Murphy is also a good candidate for a platoon role.

In 10 years, Murphy has a .274/.333/.432 line with a per-162 game average of 15 homers and 69 RBIs. David Murphy signing with the Kansas City Royals will not prompt parades in the streets, but he is the solid, dependable type of player the Royals have built their World Series rosters upon. If the Royals want a safe, cheap player for a year or two, David Murphy may be their best option. Murphy’s $7 million option was declined by the Los Angeles Angels.

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