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Cleveland Indians trade David Murphy to Angels

So ends Murphy's not all that successful stint with the Tribe...

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The Cleveland Indians are trading David Murphy to the Los Angeles Angels for... well, we don't know for sure at this exact moment. I'm confident it's not Mike Trout, and pretty sure it's not Albert Pujols.


Edit: It's for Eric Stamets, a 23-year-old, right-handed infield prospect. Currently playing in Double-A, Stamets is batting .248/.306/.360, with 3 home runs and 5 stolen bases in 62 games. Sounds about right for a decent platoon bat who shouldn't be sent into the outfield.


Murphy originally signed on with the Tribe prior to the 2014 season. In 213 games with the team, Murphy hit .273/.327/.402, with 13 home runs. He has been a better hitter this season than he was last year, in large part because after being close to an everyday player in 2014, he's been more strictly platoon in 2015. He's owed ~$2.5 million for the rest of this season, and has a team option for $7 million for 2016, with a buyout of $500,000. I don't believe the Indians intended to pick up that option, which means this trade saves them roughly $3 million.

With the right side of the Murphy/Raburn platoon gone, now could be good to unload Raburn somewhere as well. Similar to Murphy, Raburn’s contract expires at the end of this year and he has played well above his projections, but isn't necessarily expected to be with team next year. (His 2016 option is for only $3 million though, and the Indians don't have many guys who've hit lefties well this year, so maybe Raburn will be back next year.)