Infielder Donnie Murphy exercised the opt-out clause included in his minor league contract, ending his agreement with the Milwaukee Brewers in favor of the free agent market, according to Tom Haudricourt of The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
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Haudricourt adds that the Brewers had told Murphy that he wouldn't break camp with the club. Rather than accept an assignment, the infielder elected to become a free agent.
Murphy spent the 2012 season with the Miami Marlins. The 30-year-old hit .216/.281/.379 with six doubles, two triples and three home runs over 129 plate appearances, while manning second and third base as well as shortstop. He also hit .302/.400/.726 with six doubles and 13 home runs for Miami's Triple-A affiliate.
Murphy had spent the past three seasons with the Marlins, hitting .222/.277/.413 in a reserve role. Over parts of seven seasons in the majors, he owns a career batting line of .205/.270/.373.