Orioles agree on minor league deal with former A's utility man Murphy
The Orioles traditionally announce their minor league signings later in the offseason when they unveil the list of players getting major league invites to spring training. Expect former Oakland Athletics utility man Donnie Murphy to be on the list.
Murphy’s agent, Jim Kuzmich, said today that Murphy agreed with the Orioles on a minor league deal with a major league invite. Murphy, a 25-year-old who made the A’s Opening Day roster last year, hit .184 (19-for-103) with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 46 games for the A’s. In parts of four major league seasons, Murphy, who plays second base, shortstop and third base, has a career .195 average with 10 homers and 45 RBIs.
"Donnie is looking for a place to play much more consistently than he was in Oakland," said Kuzmich. "You’re talking about a kid that came up playing in the Kansas City organization every day. The Orioles expressed that should Donnie’s bat develop into what we think it could develop into on the major league level, they see him having a more-defined role."
Kuzmich said that the Orioles have also expressed interest in another of his clients, catcher, Chris Stewart. The 26-year-old backstop hit .279 last with 2 homers and 24 RBIs in 86 games last year for Scranton-Wilkes Barre, the New York Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate.
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