The Atlanta Braves made a shocking splash in the trade market on Monday. Atlanta acquired buzzy catcher Sean Murphy from the Oakland Athletics in a strange three-team trade that involved the Milwaukee Brewers. Not only do the players involved in this trade make it a strange one, but Atlanta's interest in Murphy was completely unexpected.
GM Alex Anthopoulos denied any involvement in Murphy trade talks just last week, and the Braves already had a wealth of catching options on roster.
MLB insider Ken Rosenthal broke down the details of the trade and revealed one surprise MLB team (not involved in the trade) played a major factor in this strange deal.
According to Rosenthal, the St. Louis Cardinals provided Atlanta a major catalyst to get the deal done. While Anthopoulos maintained Atlanta wasn't in the market for Murphy, Rosenthal believes the team wanted a different option behind the plate (or DH) the entire time.
He explained the Cardinals "pivot away from Murphy to sign Contreras’ older brother, Willson Contreras," in free agency as one occurrence that helped the deal come together. Additionally, Rosenthal also reports the Athletics' interest in center fielder Esteury Ruiz was a sticking point. Had Atlanta not dealt William Contreras to the Brewers, who let go of Ruiz, the deal never would have happened.
Regardless, Murphy adds a Gold Glove-caliber defender to Atlanta's starting lineup and a bat that should play up once away from the massive Oakland Coliseum.
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