Friday, January 27, 2023

Braves sign catcher Murphy to 6-year deal

ATLANTA ( Associated Press) – The Atlanta Braves have signed catcher Sean Murphy to a six-year, $73 million contract.

The deal signed Tuesday would allow Atlanta to keep another player long term. This includes an option to renew the club for 2029 for $15 million with no buyout clause, which could bring the total value up to $88 million.

Murphy will earn $4 million in 2023, $9 million in 2024 and $15 million per season from 2025-28. He has agreed to donate 1% of his annual salary to the Atlanta Braves Foundation.

After the uncertainty of playing the last four seasons with the low-budget Oakland Athletics, Murphy is eager to put down roots in Atlanta, with a club that has won five straight NL East titles and is set to win the 2021 World Series.

“My wife is looking for a place where she feels comfortable, at least for a while,” Murphy said. “It’s important to us.”

The deal follows a pattern in which the Braves have signed new deals with players still in control of the club for an extended period. In the past year, they have signed longtime sluggers Austin Riley and Matt Olson as well as rookie stars Michael Harris II and Spencer Strider.

Earlier, Atlanta signed similar deals with Venezuelan outfielder Ronald Acuña and second baseman Ozzie Albies from Curacao. Thus, the club guaranteed that seven key players had contracts for at least three more seasons, with options that could extend their tenures even further.

Murphy said, “It is an honor to be included in this combination.” “Going forward, I can only see this team being great in the years to come.”

Murphy, 28, was acquired from the A’s shortly after the winter meetings in a three-team trade including the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Braves sent star catcher William Contreras and minor league pitcher Justin Yeager to the Brewers. Another Venezuelan, rookie catcher Manny Pina, left for Oakland along with pitching prospects Kelly Mueller, Freddy Tarnok and Royber Salinas.

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