The 10 Most Influential Trades in Texas Rangers History
By Chris Giles
#10- David Murphy Acquired from Boston (2007)
David Murphy was one of my favorite Texas Rangers players. He didn’t do anything special, he was just a really solid baseball player.
On July 31, 2007, relief pitcher Eric Gagne and cash were traded to Boston for 25-year old outfielder David Murphy, 25-year old starting pitcher Kason Gabbard, and a minor leaguer.
Gagne was the centerpiece of the trade. He was a former three-time all-star reliever for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Red Sox were hoping that Gagne could replicate what he did with LA. Gagne pitched poorly in 20 relief appearances for Boston. At the end of the season, Gagne was granted free agency then signed and pitched one more season in Milwaukee before leaving MLB for good after the 2008 season.
Gabbard started 20 games for the Rangers before his career was disabled and he retired from MLB at age 26.
David Murphy played parts of seven seasons with Texas. In 826 games, Murphy collected 733 hits, 159 doubles, 85 HR, 362 RBI’s, 52 SB, hit for a .275 AVG, and a .337 OBP.
On October 31, 2013, Murphy was granted free agency. He signed a free agent deal with Cleveland, played parts of two seasons in Cleveland and one partial season for the Los Angeles Angels before playing his last MLB game at age 33.