The Braves, Brewers, and A’s agreed to an amazing three teams that will see each team get a new catcher with nine players involved in total. The full trade is as follows:
The A’s got Kyle Muller, Esteury Ruiz, Freddy Tarnok, Royber Salinas and Manny Pina and gave up Sean Murphy and Joel Payamps.
The move finally ends a commercial saga that has been going on for almost a year now. After the 2021 season, the A’s were so bent in a rebuild that they traded away Matt OlsonAnd the Matt ChapmanAnd the Sean Manea And the Chris Bassett before opening with Frankie Montas Flipped into the 2022 deadline.
Murphy was widely seen as the next to go for a number of reasons. First, he just passed three years of MLB service time in 2022 and will now be paid higher by arbitration. MLBTR contributor Matt Schwartz Murphy is expected to jump to $3.5 million in 2023 with two more applicants before he reaches free agency after 2025. Second, the A’s received an excellent pickup opportunity from Atlanta in Olson’s deal. Shea Langlers. He had a stellar season at Triple-A and held himself well in 40 games for the first time in a major. Given all of these factors, it seemed more and more likely that the Specialists would hand the job over to Langeliers and trade Murphy for improvements elsewhere on the roster.
By taking this path, players A part ways with one of the best players in the game. The 28-year-old Murphy has 330 major league games under his belt so far and has performed well in almost every aspect of the game. He hits 46 home runs and has a combined hitting streak of .236/.326/.429. This production leads to a WRC+ of 116, which indicates that it was 16% higher than the league batting average and even ahead of the average catcher, since they generally come in a bit lower than the others. He’s also taken a step further in 2022, making just 20.3% of his plate appearances after passing 25% in his career prior to that.
Defensively, Murphy gets rave reviews, too. Since the start of 2020, he has recorded 13 defensive points saved behind the plate, a number that puts him in the top 10 in the league. FanGraphs’ framing metric gives it a 19.5 in that time frame, the third highest such tally. Those all-around contributions have allowed him to produce 10 wins above replacement in those three seasons, according to FanGraphs, second among all MLB players with only JT Realmoto in front of him.
With all that in mind, it’s no surprise that Murphy gets a lot of attention around the league. The Diamondbacks, Astros, Cubs, Guardians, Twins, White Sox, Red Sox, Rays, and Cardinals have been among the teams associated with him at various points in recent months. she was mentioned About a week ago the Braves were close to getting him, but President of Baseball Operations Alex Anthopoulos shot down those reports, saying he wasn’t expecting a deal. This was either a hoax or something that has changed drastically in the past week since Atlanta has now actually finalized the deal.
Atlanta always seemed like an odd fit for Murphy since they already have three viable catchers on the roster in Contreras, Pena, and Travis Darno. They cleared that hook and acquired Murphy in one fell swoop by including two of these hunters in the deal. On the surface, it appears the club was keen to replace Contreras with Murphy as a means of improving behind the plate. However, since the A’s seemed willing to give the Langeliers a chance, it was likely that they were less interested in Contreras, which necessitated Milwaukee’s involvement.
This is not to say that Contreras isn’t an exciting young hunter in his own right. It’s just that, as mentioned, Murphy is one of the best players in the game. Contreras will now join his older brother Wilson Contreras, who recently signed with the Cardinals, in the NL Central. The younger Contreras has pitched in 153 games in his career to date, hitting 28 home runs and producing a total hitting streak. Bat, but he’s still very young, turning 25 later this month. Even with a sub-par defense, he’s produced 2.5 fWAR in his short career so far, which means any developments in this department will make him a tremendous value. It has been I mentioned recently that the club was interested in getting promotions, but as the club was working on a tight payroll, they never seemed like candidates for a major free agent. Instead, they got a young assistant who had not yet reached arbitration eligibility and had five years of club control left.
For A, it was mentioned They’ve been prioritizing MLB-ready talent in their trade talks and they’ve made it happen here. Mueller, 25, has appeared in each of the past two major league seasons, and has scored 49 home runs so far. He had a modest 5.14 ERA at the time, but fared much better in the minors. He’s made 40 Triple-A starts in the past two years and has a 3.40 ERA, a strikeout rate of 28.4%, and a walk rate of 9.2%. baseball america Recently ranked him as the best prospect in the Atlanta system.
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Talkin’ Jake of Jomboy Media first reported that the Braves, Brewers, and A’s were lined up in a deal, as well as the participation of the Contreras (Twitter links). ESPN’s Jeff Bassan first reported Murphy Go to the brave, as well as last Bina And in the end The final deal. FanSided’s Robert Murray first mentioned Ruiz and Tarnock (Twitter links). Payamps and Yeager were first mentioned by Joel Sherman Twitter. Kelly McDaniel was first named after Mueller Twitter.
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