The Angels have acquired outfielder David Murphy from the Indians in exchange for minor-league shortstop Eric Stamets, as was first reported by Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. We first reported earlier this evening that there was increasing speculation about a deal between the two clubs in recent days.
Murphy is the third outfield acquisition by the Angels in the last two days, and will likely serve as a platoon partner in left field with fellow newcomer Shane Victorino, with David DeJesus also in the mix. The Angels had considered many options to improve their outfield situation in the wake of Matt Joyce's struggles, and will bring in three veterans instead of a better player such as Jay Bruce or Justin Upton.
Murphy, 33, has hit .296/.344/.437 with five home runs in 84 games for the Indians this year, and will likely play against righties for the Angels. He is expected to start against left-handers, and will join the fourth organization in his ten-year major-league career. Murphy is controllable for next season with a $7 million team option.
Stamets, 23, was the Angels' sixth-round pick in the 2012 draft and has hit .248/.306/.360 with three home runs in 62 games with Double-A Arkansas. He is currently ranked as the organization's 22nd-best prospect by MLB.com, and is known as a strong defensive shortstop who has struggled offensively throughout his professional career.