A familiar face is returning to the Boston Red Sox organization. Outfielder David Murphy, 34, signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox on Monday, according to media reports.

Murphy was the first Red Sox draft choice made by then-general Theo Epstein, in 2003. He played all of 2005 with the Portland Sea Dogs and began 2006 at Hadlock Field, before moving on to Triple-A and, eventually, Boston.

Before the trade deadline in 2007, Murphy was dealt to the Texas Rangers in a trade for reliever Eric Gagne. Murphy moved to the Cleveland Indians in 2014 as a free agent.

Murphy played for both the Indians and Los Angeles Angels last year, batting a combined .283 with a .739 OPS.

The signing of Murphy gives the Red Sox some veteran depth, in case of injury. Boston has four outfielders set for its major league roster – Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Chris Young. Murphy could end up with Triple-A Pawtucket.


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