Rangers outfielder David Murphy answered a few questions about his plans for the upcoming season and his thoughts on the offseason moves.
Q: What have you been up to since the season ended?
A: Just working and trying to stay consistent. Every year you have that opportunity and the potential to get stronger, faster, all of that. I think at this point in my career, I need to do that stuff to stay in shape, but the most important thing is to become more consistent on the field.
Q: Do you wonder what your role will be with the outfielders that this club has? Do you worry about it?
A: I think right now it would be the wrong thing to do to worry about it. They’ve shown me the past few years that they’ll get me on the field. It’s up to me to perform, for one. But also focus on the team. I’m not going to be an “I” guy and put myself before team success. I know that to be a great team, everybody on the 25-man roster is going to have to contribute. You are going to have to have depth at every position. We have depth in the outfield. I know that we have a lot of guys for only a few spots, but like I said, there’s no point in worrying about it right now. I should be excited about going into spring training and the potential this team has for 2010.
Q: What do you think of all the offseason moves?
A: I think they’ve done a great job with the budget that they have and used some things, like (Kevin) Millwood’s salary, to get a few different players. They helped us meet our needs in a lot of different ways. I could breakdown each player. What Darren Oliver’s done speaks for itself. What Vlad Guerrero’s done speaks for itself. Those guys have obviously proved themselves and will be winning parts of this team. I think every move has been a quality move and you can see the reasoning behind it. We’re going to be strong, we’re going to be deep and we’re going to be talented.