Angels acquire OF David Murphy from Indians

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have acquired outfielder David Murphy from the Cleveland Indians, just minutes after the Tribe scratched Murphy off tonight’s lineup. Mike DiGiovanna first reported Murphy was on the move.

Murphy is expected to platoon with recently-acquired Shane Victorino and David DeJesus at left field and designated hitter.

So far this season, Murphy has a .296 batting average, with 5 homers and 27 RBIs in 84 games. At 33, Murphy is eligible to become a free agent following this season if the Angels don’t pick up his $7M team option. He’d be entitled to a $500k buyout if they don’t. The 10-year veteran is in the final year of a 2-year, $12M deal he signed before the 2014 season.

In exchange for Murphy, the Indians will receive 6th-round pick in the 2012 draft Eric Stamets, a 23-year old shortstop. In four seasons within the Angels’ organization, Stamets has a career .262/.317/.351 slash line. In 2015, Stamets is batting .248 with 3 homers, 23 RBIs, 13 doubles, 5 stolen bases in 62 games for the Angels’ Double-A affiliate.

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