The 34-year-old Murphy is best known for his years in Texas where he hit .275/.337/.440 (.777) over seven seasons. He spent 2014 and the first half of 2015 with Cleveland before being traded to the Angels in the second half last year. He went to spring training this year with the Red Sox.
Of course, this starts an interesting debate about a couple of things.
First, when he is called up to the Twins, whose spot on the 25-man roster will he take?
- Max Kepler would be a likely candidate as he is already not playing a lot.
- Byron Buxton could be sent down, allowing Murphy to play in left field with Eddie Rosario moving over to center (or Kepler).
- Could Murphy be a bench bat and replace Oswaldo Arcia?
That brings us to the second part of the question. When the Twins call him up, he will have to be added to the 40-man roster? Who would come off of it?
There are several candidates, of course, but if it is Arcia, that would kill two stones with one bird (as our friend Domingo Ayala might say).
When I initially heard this news this morning, I thought maybe he would just get some time in the Rochester outfield as Adam Brett Walker has missed several days already with a strained oblique, but Murphy will be brought up quickly.
What do you think will happen with this over the next few days?