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Angels decline $7-million option on left fielder David Murphy

Angels decline $7-million option on left fielder David Murphy

The Angels declined David Murphy’s $7-million option for 2016 on Wednesday, a clear indication they do not view the 34-year-old veteran as an everyday option in left field next season.

The left-handed-hitting Murphy provided a solid bat in a platoon role after being acquired from the Cleveland Indians on July 28, hitting .265 with five home runs, 23 runs batted in and 16 runs in 48 games.

But with C.J. Cron emerging as an everyday designated hitter in the second half of 2015, taking away potential at-bats from Murphy in 2016, the Angels deemed $7 million too steep a price for a player who would essentially be a fourth outfielder. They paid Murphy $500,000 to buy out...

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