The receiver of the Oakland Athletics, Sean Murphy, stands as one of the most likely trade candidates of the offseason, and unsurprisingly, A’s is receiving a wide range of interest in the former Gold Glover. The St. Louis Cardinals have spoken to the A’s about Murphy. they also spoke with the Blue Jays on their sack surplus (Danny Jansen, Alejandro Kirk, and Gabriel Moreno).
Even the Atlanta Braves, a team ostensibly located behind the plate, have reached out to the A’s about the potential sale price. Murphy has also been linked to the Guardians, White Sox, Rays and Red Sox since the offseason began, and surely there are others reaching out to the A’s to get involved:
Arguably the Cardinals are the most obvious on-paper suitors for Murphy. Franchise icon Yadier Molina has formally retired after a 19-year career, and president of baseball operations John Mozeliak has been candid about his team’s interest in acquiring a new starting catcher.
Backup Andrew Knizner is a .204/.292/.288 hitter in parts of four seasons and therefore not likely to step into the starting role, and while the Cards have a promising young prospect in Iván Herrera, they are also winners. Now the club looks to make the most of the best remaining years of MVP Paul Goldschmidt and third-place finisher Nolan Arenado.
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MLB: At least six teams have the Athletics Gold Glove catcher on their radar who fought for MVP