The Cubs avoided arbitration with infielder Donnie Murphy on Monday night and signed him to a one-year contract worth $825,000. Murphy’s contract includes an incentives package that could bring the total value of the contract to $1.175 million.
The Cubs signed Donnie Murphy to a minor league contract last April after he was released by the Brewers out of Spring Training. Murphy spent a majority of the year with Triple-A Iowa where he hit .265/.338/.457/.795 with 18 doubles, two triples and 12 home runs in 89 games.
Murphy was called up in August and hit the ball rather well for the big league team. In 46 games with the Cubs, Murphy hit .255/.319/.530 with eight doubles and 11 home runs for a .849 OPS.
Donnie Murphy will give the Cubs options at second, short and third when Spring Training begins in February.
A report from Jesse Rogers on Monday indicated there was a 50-50 chance that Murphy would be tendered a contract for next season. Murphy reportedly received a lucrative offer to play in Japan but decided to avoid arbitration with the Cubs.
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