Braves purchase star catcher Sean Murphy from Athletics

The Atlanta Braves acquired star catcher Sean Murphy in a three-way commerce with the Oakland Athletics and Milwaukee Brewers that noticed 9 gamers swap groups, the organizations introduced on Monday.

Murphy, 28, was among the many most prized gamers on the commerce market this offseason, and Atlanta — which dealt younger catcher William Contreras to Milwaukee and nonetheless has veteran Travis d’Arnaud — pounced to get him.

Along with transferring Contreras, the Braves are sending left-handed starter Kyle Muller, right-handed starter Freddy Tarnok, veteran catcher Manny Pina and minor league right-hander Royber Salinas to the A’s. Additionally going to Milwaukee are right-handed relievers Joel Payamps (from Oakland) and Justin Yeager. The Brewers are sending outfielder Esteury Ruiz to the A’s.

The A’s, who’ve made a behavior of buying younger pitchers and watching them blossom of their rotation, get two big-league prepared arms in Muller and Tarnok, each of whom pitched for the Braves final season.

Atlanta’s pitching depth helped land Murphy, who hit .250/.332/.426 with 18 house runs and performed Gold Glove-caliber protection final season. Murphy, who has three years till he will get to free company, will attain arbitration for the primary time this season and was moved partially due to the emergence of catcher Shea Langeliers, whom Oakland acquired earlier this yr within the Matt Olson commerce.