Murphy Could Retire Without Big-League Offer

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There was some talk the Rangers could go after former fan favorite David Murphy this winter to come in and be a backup outfielder.

Instead, the Rangers went with Justin Ruggiano, who will most likely make the Rangers' Opening Day roster as a backup outfielder.

Murphy, instead, signed a minor-league deal with Boston, the team he began his pro career with, and on Monday he was released by the Red Sox.

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"I didn't go out and light it up, but I think I did enough to prove that I'm capable," Murphy told "I think as a man you're disappointed because you go into a situation and, as an athlete, I'm a competitor. You never want to go in the manager's office and [hear] that you've been released. But I think there's a lot of positives to it still. Maybe there's a little bit of disappointment, but I'm not distraught in any way. I think my career will move forward from here. Like I said, we'll see."

Now, Murphy is on the open market after putting up some serviceable numbers last year in time split between the Indians and Angels, but the 34-year-old outfielder said if he doesn't get a big-league offer he might be leaning toward retirement. He's a career .274 hitter with 104 home runs in 1,110 career games.

"Being at the point where I am, I'm 34 years old, I haven't played in the minor leagues since 2007, I have four kids now, I'm kind of pulled in a lot of different directions," Murphy said. "I think if I didn't get a big league job I would say that my mindset is leaning toward retirement. Hopefully that's not even going to be part of the process, because hopefully I'll get a big league job pretty easily."

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