01/18/2013 9:53 PM ET
Rangers, Murphy remain apart as deadline passes
Texas believes settlement is near, though, as it hopes to avoid arbitration hearing
By Cash Kruth / MLB.com
Murphy, who is expected to be Texas' everyday left fielder, asked for $6.5 million. The Rangers offered $5.05 million.
The Rangers feel they are close to an agreement with Murphy and hope to avoid an arbitration hearing, which would take place in February. Texas hasn't had an actual hearing since 2000 with Lee Stevens.
Murphy, 31, has been with the Rangers since 2007. He posted a .304/.380/.479 line with 15 homers last season.