ARLINGTON (Sports Network) – The Texas Rangers avoided arbitration with outfielder David Murphy, agreeing to terms on a one-year contract Thursday.
The Houston native hit .291 with 12 home runs, 26 doubles and drove in 65 over 138 games last year with Texas, his fifth major-league campaign.
Since breaking into the league with the Red Sox in 2006, Murphy has batted .282 with 47 homers, 91 doubles and 212 RBI over 440 contests.
Texas also inked lefty Zach Jackson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The 27-year-old went 2-3 with a 5.64 earned run average in 35 games (five starts) with Triple-A Las Vegas last season.
The Rangers also signed shortstop Erold Andrus — older brother of infielder Elvis Andrus — to a minor league deal.