The Braves land Gold Glove winner Sean Murphy from the Athletics and send Wiliam Contreras to the Brewers

Backstop switch! Braves land Gold Glove winner Sean Murphy from Athletics, while sending All-Star William Contreras to Brewers in three-way catcher trade

The Braves have reportedly acquired Gold Glove-winning catcher Sean Murphy from the Athletics in a three-way deal that sends All-Star backstop William Contreras to the Brewers and another catcher, Manny Piña, to Oakland.

The 28-year-old Murphy is considered one of the best players at the position, and his departure from Oakland represents the latest move in another of the Athletics’ infamous cost-cutting teardowns.

But Murphy didn’t come cheap when the Braves gave up Contreras, a 2022 All-Star, who finished the year with 20 home runs and an OPS+ of 138 — 38 percent better than the average MLB catcher. The 25-year-old cannot become a free agent until after the 2027 season.

Murphy is considered one of the best players at the position, and his departure from Oakland represents the latest move in another of the Athletics’ infamous cost-cutting teardowns

Murphy didn't come cheap when the Braves gave up Contreras, a 2022 All-Star, who finished the year with 20 home runs and an OPS+ of 138 — 38 percent better than the average MLB catcher.  The 25-year-old cannot become a free agent until after the 2027 season

Murphy didn’t come cheap when the Braves gave up Contreras, a 2022 All-Star, who finished the year with 20 home runs and an OPS+ of 138 — 38 percent better than the average MLB catcher. The 25-year-old cannot become a free agent until after the 2027 season

The Braves also sent two pitchers to Oakland: southpaw Kyler Muller and right-handed right-handed starter Freddy Tarnok. The Brewers, meanwhile, landed right-handed reliever Joel Payamps from Oakland and Justin Yeager, another right-handed reliever, from the Braves.

The trade was first reported by ESPN. Neither the Braves, Athletics nor Brewers have returned DailyMail.com’s requests for confirmation.

Contreras is the brother of another MLB catcher, Willson, who recently signed with the St. Louis Cardinals after several productive seasons with the rival Chicago Cubs. The two are now division rivals in the National League Central.

Piña, 35, will make $4.5 million next season but is viewed as a stopgap solution for Oakland until one of the team’s two catching prospects, Tylder Soderstrom or Daniel Susac, is ready to contribute at the Major League level.

But the headliner of the trade is Murphy, who now joins a World Series contender just one year removed from his final MLB crown. Best of all, from the Braves’ perspective, Murphy won’t be able to become a free agent until 2026.

With the trade, the market for available catchers dries up somewhat further. Two-time World Series champion Christian Vazquez is still available, as is former Detroit Tigers shortstop Tucker Barnhart. Former Minnesota Twins catcher Gary Sanchez is also unsigned, but the defensively limited shortstop is coming off his worst season (.205/.283/.377).

This marks the second major trade the Braves have negotiated with the A’s in as many years, after acquiring first baseman Matt Olson prior to the 2022 season.

Baseball fans enjoyed seeing a three-way trade that primarily involved catchers

Baseball fans enjoyed seeing a three-way trade that primarily involved catchers

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