This Is Not Where I Belong
So why is he playing so much? The mysterious high-five injury to Jeff Baker is one reason though Murphy is actually a better fielder than Baker. Another reason is the loss of Josh Hamilton to free agency and the fact that another comparable outfielder wasn’t added in the offseason. Leonys Martin is doing a great job in centerfield and the only other option, the injured Craig Gentry, isn’t much better at the plate. Maybe it’s time that Ron Washington plays Engel Beltre more in left but that’s not Wash’s way as he’ll always give the majority of playing time to his veterans.
David Murphy also proves the myth of the “contract year” to be simply a myth. He’s a free agent in the offseason and will most likely find a job somewhere else as I cannot see Texas bringing him back. And wherever he goes he’ll still be a fourth outfielder.
This is not where he belongs. Not anymore.