Murphy, Green opt for free agency
MIAMI — A couple of veteran backup infielders have opted for free agency.
On Wednesday, the Marlins outrighted infielders Donnie Murphy and Nick Green to Triple-A New Orleans. But both declined the assignment, instead selecting to become free agents.
Murphy, 29, made Miami’s Opening Day roster as a utility infielder. He appeared in 52 games, and batted .216 with six doubles, two triples and three home runs in 116 at-bats.
The Marlins designated Murphy for assignment on June 10, and he ended up playing in 33 games while batting .302 for the Zephyrs.
Murphy was called up by Miami on July 27, two days after Hanley Ramirez was traded to the Dodgers. He saw time at third base, but on Aug. 7 went on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain.
Green was promoted from New Orleans on Aug. 4, where he batted .344 in 63 games. The veteran played some third base for Miami, appearing in six games, batting .143 in 21 at-bats. But two weeks later, he injured his left thumb and missed the rest of the season.
– Joe Frisaro