Well, when the Atlanta Braves make a move, they don’t mess around. Unlike most of the offseason, yesterday was a very consequential one for the Braves as they traded William Contreras, Kyle Muller, Freddy Tarnok, and more to acquire Sean Murphy from the Oakland Athletics in a three team deal. The Brewers were involved in the deal although no one is quite sure why, but they ended up with Wild Bill and gave up….very little.
Sean Murphy is one of the better catchers in all of baseball, but being from a West Coast team, you may not have an appreciation for how good he really is. To help Braves fans get to know Sean, here is a quick introduction.
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Elsewhere on the site, we took a look at the Braves’ outfield situation. Left field is a really question mark going into the 2023 season despite the Braves having internal options (mainly because those options don’t instill the most confidence). Fred decided to take a look outside the box a bit to see whether Wil Myers would be a fit for the Braves.
Finally, our season review series continued on with Austin Riley. I know this is going to come as a shock to a lot of you, but he was really, really good for the Braves in 2023.
The Braves’ trade was not the only news to come out yesterday. Chris Bassitt was one of the best non-Carlos Rodon starting pitching free agents left on the market. However, the Blue Jays, who certainly look like they are going to keep the pressure up in the AL East, signed him to a three year, $63 million deal. Another ex-Met has a new home.
Don’t count out the Minnesota Twins for the services for Carlos Correa. The small market Twins seemingly loved having Correa on their roster last year and reportedly have a rather large offer on the table to bring him back to Minnesota for the foreseeable future.