Murphy content regardless of contract talks

Murphy content regardless of contract talks

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- David Murphy's agent, Michael Moye, is in town to visit with his clients. It's a good time for the Rangers to meet with him as well if they do have interest in working out a long-term contract with Murphy.

That was the Rangers' stated intention before Spring Training but they haven't broached the subject yet. Both Murphy and fellow corner outfielder Nelson Cruz are eligible for free agency after this season.

"I'll say the same thing I've said all along," Murphy said. "I'd love to be here and it makes a lot of sense for me to be here. Free agency is a privilege and waiting another year is not going to kill me. We'll wait and see what happens."

Assistant general manager Thad Levine, who handles most of the Rangers' major contract discussions with agents, declined to comment on Murphy's situation. But the Rangers have used Spring Training as a time to address potential contract extensions with players, usually when their agents are in town. The Rangers signed pitcher Derek Holland and second baseman Ian Kinsler to extensions last spring.

Murphy has been waiting to see if the Rangers were interested in talking to his agent this spring. So far they haven't. The Brewers just signed Carlos Gomez to a three-year, $24 million extension to keep him from becoming a free agent after the season.

"It's not like my feelings are hurt," Murphy said. "I understand the business side of baseball. I know all I have to do is go out and play and good things will happen."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.