Texas Rangers outfielder David Murphy is headed to the Cleveland Indians as a free agent, or, as his daughter puts it, "Daddy's going to be an Indian."
What could have been mistaken for childish chatter turned out to be breaking sports news when someone at the Dallas day care passed the phrase on to reporter Jamie Kelly. Once she confirmed the information, everyone from the Associated Press to the ESPN played follow the leader.
Murphy has been with the Rangers for seven seasons but was unable to reach an agreement with the club after a down year in 2013. Murphy, who batted .304 with 15 homers and 61 RBIs in 2012, fell to a .220 batting average with 13 homers and 45 RBIs in 2013.
He reportedly signed a two-year, $12 million contract with Cleveland. Murphy is the latest player from the Rangers 2011 World Series appearance to leave the team. Josh Hamilton, C.J. Wilson, Mike Napoli and Michael Young have also parted ways with Texas.