Brewers Ink Veteran Infielder

donniemurphyThe Brewers have signed infielder Donnie Murphy to a minor-league contract with an invitation to Major League camp in Spring Training.

Murphy, who turns 30 in March, batted .216/.281/.379 with 3 HR and 12 RBI in 52 games with the Miami Marlins in 2012. He was a member of their organization over the past three seasons. Murphy made his big league debut in 2004 as a member of the Kansas City Royals. Murphy has played in the Majors as a member of the Royals (’04-’05), Oakland Athletics (’07-’08) and Marlins (’10-’12). He also spent the entirely of 2009 in the Baltimore Orioles organization at the Triple-A level.

He’s a utility infielder by trade, rostered for versatility and his glove, certainly never displaying  much of a bat during his career. His career minor league slash line is .279/.347/.461 after all, so he’s never been expected to hit a whole lot. Throughout his MLB service time, Murphy has made 70 appearances at shortstop, 66 at third base, 63 at second base and even one start in left field (for Oakland in 2008). He made 17 starts at third base, eight at second base and one at shortstop in 2012 for the Marlins.

When reached for comment by Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said that Murphy was the first of a group of utility infielders under review who accepted Milwaukee’s offer.

If nothing else, this signing is of a baseball veteran to challenge for the backup shortstop role on the 25-man roster. It’s a spot that needs to be filled on every team so why not import some competition for Jeff Bianchi.

The Brewers now have seven official non-roster invitees to Major League camp in Spring Training.

Here they are listed alphabetically by surname:

  • RHP Jairo Asencio
  • C Dayton Buller
  • RHP Darren Byrd
  • INF Hector Gomez*
  • C Blake Lalli
  • INF Donnie Murphy
  • LHP Travis Webb

* Hector Gomez was injured while playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic. He is expected to miss a significant portion of the 2013 regular season.

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