Sherman: Yankees sign J.R. Murphy to one-year contract for 2014


Via Joel Sherman: The Yankees have signed catcher J.R. Murphy to a one-year contract worth $502,700 at the MLB level. I assume it’s a split contract that will pay him a lower salary in the minors, which is typical for players in their pre-arbitration years. The league minimum is an even $500,000 this coming season.

Murphy, 22, hit .269/.347/.426 (~117 wRC+) with 12 homers in 468 plate appearances split between Double-A and Triple-A last season. He made his big league debut in September but is expected to return to Triple-A Scranton to open 2014. Murphy still has all six years of team control remaining and can not become a free agent until after the 2019 season at the earliest. The Yankees have 20 unsigned pre-arb players remaining, but they’ll all get done very soon and chances are most of those deals won’t even be made public.

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  1. Scully says:

    Is the extra 2.7K for each of the Yankees championships?

  2. Steve_Balboni says:

    Interesting. Is Romine still around?

    • Yes with the other 4 catchers on the 40MR. I don’t think I have ever seen that though before (5 catchers on 1 roster.)

    • Angelo says:

      Not sure if this is a joke or not, but I’ll guess and say it isn’t.

      Yeah, Romine is still around. Probably will split time with Murphy in Triple-A or serve as his back up. I’m guessing the former since he’s still young. One could get traded before the season starts though.

  3. Yankees apparently signed a 17 year old pitcher from Australia today. Should look him up.

  4. Alex Rodriguez says:

    I’ve been following Murphy’s career for a while now. Still hard to believe he’s still just 22. Got a lot of career left in him, except for the fact we have a logjam at the catching position.

  5. LarryM Fl says:

    During ST if some of the multitude of Yankee minor league contracts do not pan out. I suspect Romine will be part of a package to another club. His sample size of play was small but he did show signs of being able to perform at the big league level. So he can be packaged to another club in need of catching. Now if Cervelli flops or Romine beats him out then Cervelli could be the piece in a package to another club. I suspect the Yankees are looking for Murphy to get a whole year at AAA with him in mind being the backup. I like Murphy over Romine and with some play could remove Cervelli as backup by the 2015 season.

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