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David Murphy as an Astro?

I was thinking ahead to the offseason today, and what moves Luhnow and Co. might make in the FA market offensively. The infield appears to be set. With Villar set to play everyday next year, and Marwin as insurance, shortstop is checked off. Altuve has second locked down, and any combination of Wallace/Carter/Singleton/Krauss takes care of 1B/DH. Dominguez hasn't had the best offensive year, but has had horrid BABIP luck and will surely have another year at the hot corner to prove himself. Castro and Corporan have Catcher taken care of, so this leaves the outfield. In my opinion, barring disaster, Barnes and Springer will be in Center and Right respectively. Barnes has earned an extension of his tryout in Center. What outfielders might be available(and on the Astros budget) that would be more attractive than JD/Maxwell/Grossman/Krauss out there in left field? It's likely that Crane would not see fit to hand out a long term(3-5 years) contract again this offseason, and it probably wouldn't be prudent anyway. If so you have to find a guy who would provide more value on a one or two year deal than a guy like Marc Krauss who might otherwise get a shot to prove himself. This leads me to David Murphy. Murphy this year has hit .225/.282/.373, but this has been fueled by a very low .231 BABIP. However his strikeout rate is actually down this year, all the way to 12%. In 2012 he hit .304/.380/.479, to go with a 14% strikeout rate. This is a contract year for Murphy and he has underperformed. If Luhnow and company could get him for one year, 5-7 million(with maybe a mutual option for 2015) he could re establish his value as an everyday guy and provide the Astros with a veteran offensive presence to stabilize left field. The flip side is he could continue his numbers from this year(his ISO is down this season) and end up like the Carlos Peña experiment. What do y'all think? Is he a good potential Astro?

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