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Atlanta Braves aquire Shaun Murphy in 3 team trade


Dec 1, 2020

Backstop swap: Contreras to Crew, Murphy to ATL in 3-way deal​

ATLANTA -- Sean Murphy is the Braves’ new catcher of the future.
Murphy was acquired from the A’s on Monday afternoon as part of a three-team deal that also included the Brewers. To land the highly regarded catcher, the Braves parted ways with All-Star catcher William Contreras and the club’s top-ranked prospect (per MLB Pipeline), left-handed pitcher Kyle Muller.
The Braves paid a steep price to get Murphy, but in return they gained one of the game’s top backstops. The 28-year-old ranked third among all catchers (min. 400 plate appearances) in 2022 with 5.1 fWAR, trailing only the Phillies’ J.T. Realmuto (6.5) and Orioles rookie Adley Rutschman (5.3). He slugged .426 with 18 home runs and 66 RBIs for Oakland this year. He finished with a 120 OPS+ on his way to receiving a share of down-ballot votes for the AL MVP Award.

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