The Los Angeles Angels
There was talk earlier in the year that the Angels could be looking at the Indians’ Brandon Moss as well, but recent reports suggest they may have their eye on Murphy as well.
Leftfield has been a black hole for the Angels this season. Currently, their combined offensive output is the worst in all of baseball at a pathetic 66 wRC+. The Angels did acquire Kirk Nieuwenhuis earlier this season from the Mets (for cash considerations); however, he didn’t last very long and was cut after just 24 plate appearances (he’s now back with the Mets). In addition to their LF struggles the Angels also have been getting very little from their DH spot, in fact the offensive output from that spot hasn’t been a whole lot better as they rank 13th in the AL with a 93 wRC+. Given Murphy’s struggles in the field the last two years he probably is best suited for DH duties anyways, and he’d fit in nicely there for the Angels. C.J. Cron has been hitting a lot better since the calendar turned over to July but he’s still got a decent sized split between left-handed and right-handed pitchers. Murphy and Cron could form a decent platoon at DH if the Angels wanted to avoid using Murphy in LF too often. Given their need at two different positions and their ability to add payroll without much second thought, the Angels would appear to be one of, if not the, best fits for David Murphy.
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