Rangers to discuss extension with Murphy

By T.R. Sullivan /02/15/2013 4:07 PM ET

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers outfielder David Murphy can be a free agent after this season, but he is hoping to head that off during Spring Training. The Rangers are planning to have conversations with his agent, Michael Moye, this spring about a multi-year contract extension.
Murphy agreed to a one-year deal worth $5,775,000 last month to avoid an arbitration hearing. At the time, the two sides agreed to continue talking about a multi-year deal during Spring Training.
"I would love to do it, it makes a lot of sense for me," Murphy said. "I was born and raised in Texas, I now play four hours away from where I grew up, my family has a house the Dallas-Fort Worth area, for my family and me, this is a great situation."
The discussions about an extension come at a time when Murphy enters camp as the Rangers' everyday left fielder. In the past, he has been dealing with the label of fourth outfielder, but that no longer applies. That gives the Rangers reason to discuss a long-term deal and it gives Murphy confidence that he doesn't need to find another team that would give him more playing time.
"I think if we can find some middle ground on the financial terms, I won't be making what a bench player or a platoon player makes," Murphy said. "So I think it will be obvious on both sides that since we agreed on a middle ground, I would be in the position I want to be in."
The Rangers use Spring Training to negotiate long-term extensions with key players. They did so with pitcher Derek Holland and second baseman Ian Kinsler last season.
Nelson Cruz is also a free agent after the upcoming season. The Rangers had planned to discuss an extension with him during Spring Training, but that could be complicated by Major League Baseball's investigation into Cruz's link with the Miami wellness clinic that allegedly distributed performance-enhancing drugs.