Thursday, June 30, 2011
Time: 259 Days
Address: c/o Texas Rangers
Item Sent: 2010 Topps
Item Received: 2010 Topps, signed in blue Sharpie.
The Texas Rangers absolutely fleeced the Boston Red Sox at the 2007 trade deadline. Former NL Cy Young Award winner (albeit under the influence of PEDs) Eric Gagne was having a nice comeback year for the Rangers. The Red Sox wanted him as an eighth inning man. They dealt three prospects to the Rangers. The highlight was Murphy, Boston's 2003 first round draft pick. Gagne was a colossal disaster in Boston. Murphy has done nothing but hit since arriving in Arlington. He has played all over the outfield, hit for decent power, and stolen a few bases. He is an ideal fourth outfielder, and has been supremely valuable in Texas, where superstars Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz are always prone to DL stints.