Murphy, Rangers avoid arbitration with $2.4M deal

Outfielder David Murphy and the Texas
Rangers have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $2.4 million,
one-year contract.
Murphy hit .291 with 12 home runs and 65 RBIs in 138 games for
the AL champion Rangers last season. He started 105 games in an
outfield that includes AL MVP Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz, who
are also eligible for arbitration.
The Rangers on Thursday also signed left-hander Zach Jackson and
outfielder Erold Andrus to minor league deals.
Jackson, who has pitched in 22 major league games for Milwaukee
(2006, 2008) and Cleveland (2008-09), got an invitation to major
league spring training.
Andrus is the older brother of Rangers' All-Star shortstop Elvis