The Atlanta Braves acquired star receiver Sean Murphy in a three-way trade with the Oakland Athletics and Milwaukee Brewers that saw nine players switch teams, the organizations announced Monday.
Murphy, 28, was among the hottest players on the trade market this offseason, and Atlanta — which sent young receiver William Contreras to Milwaukee and still has veteran Travis d’Arnaud — pounced for him .
In addition to moving Contreras, the Braves are sending left-handed starter Kyle Muller, right-handed starter Freddy Tarnok, veteran receiver Manny Pina and minor league right-hander Royber Salinas to the A’s. Justin Yeager will also travel to Milwaukee. The Brewers send outfielder Esteury Ruiz to the A’s.
The A’s, who have become accustomed to acquiring young pitchers and watching them flourish in their rotation, have two arms ready for the major league in Muller and Tarnok, who both pitched for the Braves last season. .
Atlanta’s throwing depth helped land Murphy, who hit .250/.332/.426 with 18 home runs and played Gold Glove-caliber defense last season. Murphy, who is three years shy of entering free agency, will reach umpiring for the first time this season and was moved in part because of the emergence of receiver Shea Langeliers, who Oakland acquired earlier. this year in the trade of Matt Olson.