Rangers agree to deal with OF Murphy

The Rangers have agreed to terms with outfielder David Murphy on a one-year contract worth $2.4 million for the 2011 season, avoiding arbitration.

Murphy, 29, hit .291 with 12 homers and 65 RBIs in 138 games for the Rangers in 2010. He was a strong second-half presence for Texas, batting .311 with nine homers and 41 RBIs in 63 games after the All-Star break. But with a restocked roster, Murphy may not be an every-day starter.

"I think I just have to take the same mindset. Go play hard, do what I've always done and everything else will take care of itself," Murphy said. "There's no reason to worry about it. I play on a team with a great group of guys. There's no reason I need to worry or think about my playing time when we've defined ourselves as a winning franchise, and all I need to worry about is helping us continue that trend."

Murphy played in 11 postseason games with the Rangers and hit a memorable home run in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Yankees. The Rangers won that game and ended up winning the series in six games.

"I think you just try to look at each season and try to get better," Murphy said. "I think the day that you become complacent and satisfied is the day you get close to being done playing. You try to get better each year. I'm going to continue to keep doing the same thing."

Texas has five players still eligible for arbitration: outfielders Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton, relievers Frank Francisco and Darren O'Day and starter C.J. Wilson.
Murphy was acquired by the Rangers from Boston at the trade deadline in 2007 as part of the Eric Gagne deal.

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 Andrus.

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his mailbag. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.